Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

This Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases unit by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University provides you with an in-depth yet broad knowledge of the epidemiology of infectious diseases, by exploring the history of diseases and the development of modern perspectives. You will critically examine epidemiological methods of investigating infectious disease, of detecting and analysing outbreaks and of containing outbreaks.

The unit examines how infectious diseases spread and how patterns of infectious disease are spotted through routine surveillance. It also looks specifically at infections associated with healthcare institutions and zoonoses (infections that can be transmitted from animals to humans).

An important factor in the study of infectious disease epidemiology is understanding the various methods of detecting, analysing and controlling epidemics, and these issues are all covered within the unit. You will also analyse the impact of existing, emerging and recurring infectious diseases on public health management and policies.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Must be accepted into the Master of Public Health

AND

  • It is recommended that you have completed the unit, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Areas of study

In this Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases unit, the topics you will study include:

  • The natural history of infectious diseases
  • Historical and current perspective
  • Epidemiological methods for the investigation of infectious diseases
  • Epidemic models
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Detection and analysis of outbreaks
  • Routine surveillance of infectious diseases
  • Seroepidemiology
  • Microbial evolution
  • Control of infectious diseases

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Master of Public Health, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will be of interest to anyone wishing to pursue a career in public health or the health industry. As part of the Master of Public Health degree, it has international recognition within the health industry.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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