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September 2022
1 Semester (part time)
Postgraduate (Online)
Online / Distance Learning Course

Our Personal Professional Development (Public Health and Primary Care) courses meet the training needs of health professionals who are either interested in a career in public health or want to develop new skills in a specific area of public health, primary care or research methods.


Course overview

This unit covers the key principles of communicable disease control. This unit has been designed to be relevant and interesting, to clinicians (including intercalating medical students), researchers and/or those currently in public health roles in all countries.

This course will explore the general principles of communicable disease control, so is applicable for students from both the UK and elsewhere. We will include essential sections on infectious disease, disease surveillance, and outbreak management. We will draw on examples of a broad range of important diseases, including TB, influenza, diarrhoeal disease and HIV/AIDS. In addition, certain themes will run throughout this unit including the importance of understanding evidence and the importance of application in your own context.

This is an interactive online course. Students must work through the online course material. Students are encouraged to use the Blackboard discussion boards to ask questions and check their understanding of the course material.



  • Students will explore the relationship between infectious disease agents, modes of transmission and hosts.
  • Students will explore surveillance systems at local, national and international levels
  • Students will investigate the principles of control measures and outbreak detection, monitoring and management.
  • Students will learn about a simple modelling framework for the transmission of infections to understand the dynamics of how infections spread through populations.
  • Infectious disease control programmes - here students will look at the steps involved in developing and evaluating programmes. The role of strategy will be assessed and how this is then translated into operational management. Case studies of key conditions will be used throughout including; malaria, influenza, diarrhoeal disease, HIV, TB and haemorrhagic fevers.


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Teaching begins on 27th September 2021 and runs for 1 semester.

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