Principles of epidemiology

Title: Principles of epidemiology
Course No.: MTN 207
Duration: 2 weeks
Credit hours: 2 Credit hours
Intended level: 2nd year semester 3
Prerequisite: Introduction to the study of diseases
Coordinator: Dr. Amel Ahmed Hassan
Co- Coordinator: T. Hager Ahmed Haroun
Student Coordinator:
Aim:
This module focuses on the most common infectious diseases and their epidemiology, causative organisms, clinical features, principles of medical management and nursing management including prevention of infection.
Rationale:
This course focuses on providing students with knowledge about most common infectious diseases and their epidemiology, causative organisms, clinical features, principles of medical management and nursing management, including prevention of infection.
General objective:-
On successful completion of this module, the student will demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appropriate attitudes in the care of patients with most frequently occurring communicable diseases in the country, health education, the prevalence of communicable diseases in the community.
Specific objectives:-
By the end of the course the students will be able to:-
1- Understand the concept of epidemiology.
2- Define epidemic, endemic, pandemic.
3- Discuss the concept of disease (control and prevention, cause and natural history and transmission).
4- Identify the measurement of disease.
5- Identify and discuss epidemiological studies
6- Describe prevention concept /levels.
7- Explain infection cycles/ factors affecting infection transmission.
8- Identify the common infectious diseases and their epidemiology, causative organisms, clinical features, principles of medical management and prevention of infection
9- Explain the importance of vaccination
10- Discuss how to investigate an out break
11- Describe Screening
Contents:-

  1. Introduction to epidemiology (common terminology).
  2. Epidemiological studies.
  3. Infection cycles/ factors affecting infection transmission.
  4. droplet infections/ Tuberculosis
  5. Airborne infections/COVID-19
  6. Food borne infections/ Typhoid
  7. Vector borne infections/ Malaria
  8. Contact infections/ Scabies, Syphilis
  9. Blood borne infection/ viral hepatitis
  10. zoonotic infections
  11. Prevention concept /levels.
  12. Vaccination
  13. How to investigate on out break
  14. Screening
  15. surveillance

Teaching methods:-
1) Lecture.
Evaluation tools:-
MCQs 30%
SSAQs 30%
SSEQs 30%
Assignments 10%
References:-

  1. Sines, D.F.A, Frost.M Community Health Care Nursing, third edition Black Itd, 9600 Garshington Road, Oxford 2005.UK..
  2. Frazier & drzymkowski, Essential of Human Diseases and Conditions, 6th Edition, SAUNDERS 2015.
  3. Lal Sunder, Textbook of community medicine: preventive and social medicine, revised3e (HB), CBS 2011.
  4. JOSEPH S. Lombardo, disease surveillance: A public Health Informatics Approach, Wiley2007.