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Factors that influence the spread of infectious disease

Course

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

15 credits

AS2019

100%

Campus

This 15-credit course examines factors that influence the spread of different forms of infectious disease epidemics, as well as studying the influence of socio-economical, geographical and biological factors on the risk of global and local outbreaks and possible control measures. Molecular epidemiological methods are covered in theory and in practice.

Social issues to work with in the future

We have linked our educations to the UN's 17 global goals for sustainable development. These are goals that you can get tools to work with in the future:

No poverty No poverty
Zero hunger Zero hunger
Good health and well-being Good health and well-being
Quality education Quality education
Gender equality Gender equality
Clean water and sanitation Clean water and sanitation
Reduced inequalities Reduced inequalities
Climate action Climate action
Peace, justice and strong institutions Peace, justice and strong institutions
Partnerships for the goals Partnerships for the goals

Want to know why you should study at Södertörn University? Find out here.

Knowledge for your professional and private life After studying Biology you will have acquired an understanding of the living world, which can be a useful complement to your studies in other subjects. It is also a good subject if you quite simply have a private interest in studying Biology. Many areas of society are working on sustainable development and greening their activities, in which knowledge of biology and ecology are important components, so these courses can be valuable regardless of your degree specialisation.
Risk, surveillance, and epidemiological methods for global and local disease outbreaks On this course, you will study factors that influence the spread of different forms of infectious disease epidemics, including quantifying, surveillance, outbreak investigation, case-control studies, cohort studies, and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. You will also learn about the influence of socio-economical, geographical and biological factors on the risk of global and local outbreaks and possible control measures (e.g. vaccination programmes). The course covers the theory of molecular epidemiological methods and you will use computer-based practicals with bacterial and viral examples to explore these methods in theory and practice. In-depth insight into modern issues and problem solving is acquired through lectures and seminars. You will also conduct an individual project and project-based group activities. Course design The course includes lectures, seminars, practical training in quantitative methods and a literature project. Assessment of the course is divided into two parts: theory is assessed through written examination; practical exercises and seminars are assessed through active participation on the course and written assignments, and oral and written presentations of your project.
Do you want to learn more about the living world? Biology is a broad subject that provides knowledge of life itself. If you are interested in the living world, then this is the right subject for you. Many areas of society are working on sustainable development and greening their activities. Knowledge of biology and ecology are important components in this, so a good understanding of Biology can be useful in many professional fields, regardless of your degree specialisation. Södertörn University offers a number of freestanding courses in the subject. They have a general focus on biology, including the philosophy of biology, physiology and ecology.