Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases


Infectious diseases have been present and pervasive throughout the ages, with symptoms ranging from mild to life-threatening. In some cases, such as what we are currently experiencing with COVID-19, disease spreads rapidly, creating a global pandemic and cases of serious illness and death. While tremendous progress has been made to understand and eradicate many diseases, there is still much to learn. In this course you will discover the role of infectious agents in chronic disease and how epidemiology is used to dissect this relationship. You will develop a basic understanding of infectious disease modeling and molecular techniques in disease investigations. You will explore the global burden of infectious disease and learn what health measures can help treat and prevent disease.

What you will learn

  • How to distinguish infectious diseases from other diseases and conditions
  • How human, bacterial, and ecologic factors influence disease prevalence
  • How public health measures can be employed to interrupt transmission

Topics include

  • Immunoepidemiology
  • Disease control, elimination, and eradication
  • Phylogenetics and molecular epidemiology
  • Antimicrobial resistance

Course Availability

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