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The University of Southampton

MEDI6068 Communicable Disease Control

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Discuss the major methods for transmission of communicable disease.
  • Explain the principles of surveillance, the characteristics of different surveillance systems, their strengths and weaknesses and application to disease control.
  • Choose epidemiological methods to investigate and manage outbreaks.
  • Apply knowledge of communicable disease epidemiology to strategies for prevention and control leading to improvements in public health
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate policies and programmes used in the prevention and control of selected communicable disease of public health importance
  • Explain the balance between population and individual perspectives when practicing communicable disease control
  • Examine ethical frameworks to inform practice of communicable disease control, particularly in respect to vulnerable populations.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Manage your own learning and work effectively to deadlines.
  • Effectively communicate epidemiological concepts including risk in a variety of ways to different audiences
  • Critically discuss and evaluate information


• Basic concepts in infectious disease epidemiology. • Natural history, clinical presentation, methods of diagnosis and control of infections of national and international Public Health importance. • Use of surveillance systems nationally and internationally to monitor disease activity. • The design, evaluation, and management of immunisation programmes. • The steps in outbreak investigation including the use of relevant epidemiological methods and organisation of infection control. * Basic concepts of infectious disease genomics for communicable disease control • International aspects of communicable disease control including International Health Regulations. • Ethical aspects of communicable disease control.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of methods will be used including lectures, problem-based learning sessions, group work, practical exercises, guided reading, group study and individual study. Some of the lectures and participatory sessions will be facilitated by clinicians and scientists from the Health Protection Agency (Public Health England), Environmental Health, Port Health and University of Southampton Delivery will be through MS Teams and BB collaborate with pre-recorded lectures uploaded for students to listen to and access in their own time.

Independent Study80
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Noah N. (2006). Controlling communicable disease. 

Public Health England.

Hawker J, Begg N, Blair I, Reintjes R, Weinberg J, Ekdahl K. (2012). Communicable disease control and health protection handbook. 

Learning Resources. Up to date resources covering domestic and international aspects, where appropriate, will be provided for individual sessions on Blackboard. Students are not expected to read all texts


Assessment Strategy

There will be two components to the assessment i) 1500 word written assignment 1, and ii) 1500 word written assignment 2. The pass mark for both assessments and the module is 50% and both must be passed to pass the module. If you do not achieve the pass mark on this module by achieving 50% or more in all components, you may still pass by compensation for either assignment. To do this, you must achieve a qualifying mark of 40% in one component. Each of the component marks is then combined, using the appropriate weighting, to give an overall mark for the module. If this overall mark is greater than or equal to 50% you will have passed the module. If your overall mark is less than 50% when the weighting has been applied to the components, you will have failed the module. If you have not achieved 40% or more on all components, you cannot use compensation and have failed the module. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity for all components where you have not achieved the pass mark. Marks for components which were passed will be carried forward. You must achieve the pass mark in all referred components. On passing your referrals, your final module mark will be capped at 50%.


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment  (1500 words) 50%
Written assignment  (1500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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