Develop the skills to collect and analyze data to identify the physical, social, behavioral, economic, and political factors contributing to the causation and spread of infectious diseases, and use that information to develop sustainable prevention and control strategies.
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What You Will Learn
Upon graduation, students will be able to:
- Collect and analyze data to describe agent, host, and environmental factors contributing to the causation and spread of infectious diseases.
- Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate methodologies to study infectious diseases including diagnostic and environmental testing, surveillance systems, and epidemiologic study designs.
- Discuss key public health prevention and control activities for major categories of diseases including diarrheal diseases, respiratory diseases, vector-borne diseases, foodborne and waterborne diseases, and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Design resource setting and socio-culturally appropriate interventions for infectious disease prevention and control; effectively communicate recommendations in both technical and non-technical terms.
- Critically assess the infectious disease academic literature, analyzing the strength and validity of the hypothesis, study design and methods, results, conclusions, and public health significance of primary research studies.
Sample Course Titles
- Infectious Disease Epidemiology
- Water Quality and Public Health
- Global AIDS Epidemic: Social and Economic Determinants, Impact, and Responses
- Epidemiology of Vaccine Preventable Diseases
- Microbes and Methods: Selected Topics in Outbreak Investigation
- Controversies in Global Control & Eradication of Infectious Diseases
- Analysis of Emerging Infections Using the One Health Approach
- Develop a methodology to collect information on appropriate antibiotic use for the World Health Organization (WHO)
- Surveillance for arboviruses, including West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis virus, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Epidemiological assessment and tool development for primary care screening for tuberculosis in Boston’s Homeless Population, Boston University School of Medicine
- Research association between HIV-infected adults with current substance dependence or ever injection drug use, Boston University School of Medicine
- Enhance surveillance of chickenpox hospitalizations in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Analyze and rewrite emergency infectious disease preparedness plan for pandemic outbreaks, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Certificate Director: Jean van Seventer