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Advanced Infectious Disease Epidemiology and One Health Response, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Avancerad infektionsepidemiologi och One Health Response

This syllabus is valid: 2020-07-20 and until further notice

Course code: 3IS016

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Medicine: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Clinical Microbiology

Revised by: Board of undergraduate education, 2020-03-03


This course aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge and practical training at the area of Infectious Disease epidemiology. The course will discuss risk and occurrence of important groups of infectious diseases such as sexual transmitted diseases, respiratory diseases, vector- borne diseases, blood-borne diseases- zoonoses and neglected tropical diseases and the effects of public health interventions designed to prevent or control them. Notably, the course will be framed by the "One Health" paradigm, an evolving concept to tackle health as relationship between, human, animal and environment and now is using globally as one of the best strategy to confront infectious diseases.

Expected learning outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes
After having passed the course the student should:
  • have knowledge about epidemiology of sexual transmitted diseases, respiratory diseases, vector- borne diseases, blood-borne diseases - zoonoses and neglected tropical diseases with public health importance,
  • be able to reflect on the International Health Regulations (IHR) regarding cross-border threats of infectious diseases,
  • be able to discuss vaccine epidemiology,
  • be able to discuss modeling of infectious diseases,
  • be able to discuss the principles of formulating infectious diseases policy for prevention and control.Skills and abilities
After having passed the course the student should be able to:
  • conduct risk assessment for different categories of infectious diseases,
  • develop an early warning system including surveillance to detect infectious diseases of interest,
  • develop "One Health" surveillance system for infectious threats at human, animal and environment interface,
  • analyze and interpret data of infectious diseases on health care settings and community level,
  • implement integrated management control for different categories of infectious diseases of public health concern.Assessment and approach
After having passed the course, the student should be able to:
  • critically assess and adopt the applications of epidemiology and the "One Health" approach on the prevention and control of infectious diseases of public health concern.

Required Knowledge

Bachelor degree of 180 credits including a minimum of 30 credits within one of the following: biomedicine, medicine, health science, environmental health, economics or political science. English proficiency equivalent to English A from Swedish upper secondary education.

Form of instruction

The course will be taught through a variety of flexible teaching methods which allow students to gain deep understanding, these may include lectures, seminars, case studies, group discussion, scientific papers reading, computer lab, site visit, scenarios and film show.  Attendance at calls and seminars are mandatory. The course is given in English.

Examination modes

The exam is done in two parts, one is the continuous assessment during the course in terms of assignments and seminars. The second, is written exam at the end of the course. Only grades of Fail (U) and Pass (G) will be awarded for the assignment and seminar. The written exam will be awarded the following grades: Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG). The whole course is graded Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG). In order to be awarded Pass for the entire course, it is required that both examination parts must be passed. To be awarded Pass with distinction, it is required that the written exam is awarded pass with distinction.

If there are special reasons, the examiner has the right to decide whether another form of examination can be used. A student that have failed the course twice can request a new examiner through the prefect at the Department of Clinical Microbiology. For each course, one regular and two re-exams are arranged. The number of opportunities is limited to three/academic years. After three exams, the student is advised to retake the course when a study position at the course is available.

Other regulations

Other regulations
Students have the right to be tested if previous education or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in professional activities can be credited for corresponding education at Umeå University. Application for credit transfer is sent to Studentcentrum/Examina. More information on credit transfer is available at Umeå University's student web, and in the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 6). A refusal to apply for credit can be appealed   (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 12) to the Higher Education Appeals Board. This applies to both if the whole-, or parts of the application for credit transfer are rejected.
In the event the syllabus expires or undergoes major changes, students are guaranteed at least three examinations (including the regular examination opportunity) according to the regulations in the syllabus that the student was originally registered for during a period of maximum of two years from the time the previous syllabus expired.


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