Infectious Diseases are essential to a full understanding of population health. The Infectious Disease theme aims to explore infectious disease epidemiology, infectious disease dynamics, models to approximate these dynamics, the use of genomic sequencing to investigate outbreaks and trends in both local and global diseases, and the use of appropriate tools to design and evaluate key control interventions. Through practical examples of endemic and epidemic infections, students will gain the knowledge and skills to understand how and why microbes might spread, and how best to control them, and will thus be prepared for a wide variety of careers in communicable disease control and prevention.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Apply epidemiological principles to the control of infectious diseases, including disease surveillance and outbreak investigation
- Develop and use models of infectious diseases to support policy decisions for the control of infectious diseases
- Apply principles of microbial genomics to public health investigations and control of infectious diseases
- Describe and examine the factors underlying the global trends in infectious diseases, and critically appraise key interventions, policies and programmes
- Develop a critical understanding of the social determinants of health inequality, select appropriate measures of wider determinants of health and illness, and critically appraise theories linking wider determinants to health outcomes
Theme essential modules
Plus three other modules, chosen from any theme, from the full list of student-selected modules.