Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases – HLTH 625

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt and reply to 2 other classmates’ threads.

In the Discussion: 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 the discussion. This fulfills a CEPH accreditation requirement. 

Journal Article Review Assignments (4)

The student will review 4 journal articles about a disease or topic found in the readings due in each of the even-numbered Module: Week. 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.

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and/or true/false and 1 short essay question, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Service Learning Experience Project Assignment

During this course, the student will select an organization of his or her choice that has an emphasis on either global health, infectious diseases in general, and/or a particular infectious disease.  Once the student has made his or her selection, he or she will devote 8 hours of volunteer time to the organization working on a project and/or task mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her point of contact with the organization.  The student will share information about the organization he or she is working with during the Module 5: Week 5 Discussion and submit his or her reflection and log during Module 8: Week 8.