What's included?

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.