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TM5525 - Communicable Disease Control

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Infectious diseases are the consequence of complex interactions between microbiological agents (known as pathogens), physical and social environments, and human hosts. This subject examines how controlling communicable disease of public health importance requires a wide variety of strategies to address these interactions. The subject deals with the principles and practice of public health surveillance, disease outbreak recognition and responses, immunisation, and a variety of other disease control strategies relevant to Australia as well as to many low- and middle-income countries.

Learning Outcomes

  • review, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information, data and evidence concerning surveillance for communicable diseases, at both local and international levels;
  • critically evaluate specified disease control policies and protocols, using a wide variety of interventions and resources;
  • analyse and evaluate outbreak investigation strategies and apply appropriate responses;
  • critically analyse current issues in immunisation and demonstrate appropriate decision-making processes, with particular relevance to low- and middle-income countries;
  • communicate theoretical knowledge and concepts using a high-level of written English language.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Other exams - (60%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (40%).


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Dr Diana Rojas Alvarez, Professor Peter Leggat
Lecturers: Dr Julie Mudd, Mr Dave Sellars, Ms Tammy Allen, Professor Maxine Whittaker, Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson, Assoc. Professor Lars Henning, Dr Diana Rojas Alvarez, Miss Samantha Lobbo, Dr Maria Castellanos Reynosa, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.