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Postgraduate Course: Community Acquired Infections and Public Health (BIME11120)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to provide knowledge to achieve an appropriate specific or differential diagnosis and initiate appropriate management in community-associated infection scenarios, be able to apply the Principles of Public Health Management in matters related to prevention and control of communicable diseases, and demonstrate leadership ability in dealing with outbreak situations, demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret surveillance data and translate the results into policy and practice.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Printing own course materials
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  50
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities will constitute 40% of their overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
Assessment will be based on various online activities including written submissions (web forms), discussion fora and reflective review. Extensive use of selective release (requiring the student to complete one task before being permitted to proceed to the next) technologies will be made to facilitate interactive and dynamic online assignments.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the principles of public health in relation to communicable diseases and infection.
  2. Describe basic epidemiological methods and their application in identification of disease threats, outbreak management, prevention and control of disease spread.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the key components for a public health service and the ability to evaluate provisions and activities in the area of community acquired infections and public health protection.
  4. Understand the requirements for notification of communicable infections.
  5. Understand and describe key aspects of the management of community acquired infections, including vaccination programmes.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPublic health,community acquired infections,outbreak management
Course organiserDr Richard Smith
Tel: (0131) 242 9125
Course secretaryMs Ann-Marie Peckham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
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