Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases – HLTH 625

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides the student with the knowledge base necessary to understand the mechanisms of infectious disease transmission, to select specific preventive methodologies in the control of particular diseases and to communicate the rationale for the various control methods.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Even in the 21st century, infectious diseases continue to be a concern. In recent years, a number of new infectious agents have emerged to join an array of old nemeses. Understanding the epidemiology of these diseases is essential to eliminating the suffering they cause.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the epidemiology of the major infectious diseases and their impact on global populations.
  2. Explain the role of infectious agents as causes of morbidity and mortality in the context of economically developing nations.
  3. Discuss vector-borne conditions.
  4. Discuss the appropriate use of antibiotics and other chemotherapeutic agents for the management of infectious diseases.
  5. Describe methodologies for infectious disease surveillance on a regional and global scale.
  6. Evaluate the scientific evidence for best practices in prevention of infectious diseases.
  7. Design infectious disease control strategies using evidence-based research.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words.

Journal Article Reviews (4)

The student will review 4 journal articles about a disease or topic found in the readings due in each of the even-numbered modules/weeks. The student will write a 4–5-page paper in current AMA format that summarizes the selected article and critiques the findings of the article. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Reading Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and 1 short essay question, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Service Project

The student will choose an organization with a focus on global health, infectious diseases in general, and/or a specific infectious disease. Once selected, 8 hours of volunteer time will be devoted to the organization and the experience will be summarized and graded in one of the 4 discussion boards described in item ‘C’ above.