School of Population and Global Health

Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease

Key information

Teaching Dates: Monday 24 to Friday 28 July 2017

Code: PUBH5761

Teaching Period: Y5

Value: 6 Points


  • Student: $2887.50
  • Professional development without assessment: $2887.50
  • Professional development with assessment (for unit credit): Enrolment must be completed through AccessUWA
  • Please note that these are domestic fees only
  • International students: please contact the UWA International Office for correct fees at [email protected]
  • All fees are GST free

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations from professional development colleagues will receive a refund (minus 5% administrative fee) prior to the start of the unit.
  • Cancellations after this date may incur a 50% penalty. All cancellations must be submitted via email

Census date and withdrawal without academic penalty date

  • For enrolled students and professional development colleagues doing the unit with assessment:
    the Census Date and the date for Withdrawal Without Academic Penalty is midday on the Tuesday of the teaching week of the unit.

Our Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases unit is designed to allow students to understand the principles of infectious disease emergence and transmission using current cases and examples.

The unit reviews the traditional tools of outbreak and epidemic investigation, combined with ideas on environmental change as a major driving force behind disease emergence.

Topics covered include:

  • Australian and global perspectives on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
  • links between environmental change and infectious diseases
  • infections from food and water sources
  • vector-borne illnesses, with a major emphasis on Australian examples
  • principles of infectious disease transmission
  • infection patterns in at-risk populations
  • infectious disease surveillance
  • the assessment and management of epidemics and outbreaks
  • bioterrorism
  • successes and failures in infectious disease control

Unit outline

The five-day unit will consist of a combination of lectures, practical case studies and discussions of recent regional and global outbreaks.
For preparation, pre-reading will be sent out two weeks prior to the teaching week.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in infectious diseases, microbiology and/or environmental health issues is welcome. This includes microbiologists, health department staff, doctors, nurses, students of public health, researchers, managers, ecologists and environmental scientists, and anyone working in areas relating to infectious disease prevention and control.


UWA Postgraduate students

Enrol through studentConnect for credit towards your degree.

Students from other institutions

You can apply for cross-institutional enrolment using this form (PDF:153 kb) from the UWA Student Admin site.

Please note that these are domestic fees only 

International students: please contact the UWA International Office for correct fees at [email protected]

Professional development colleagues

You may choose to participate with or without assessment. If the assessment is successfully completed, you may have your unit credited towards most School of Population Health courses undertaken within five years.

For participation without assessment, please please register and pay on-line through our shopping card facility (credit card payments only). E-mail [email protected] if you wish to be invoiced.

For participation with assessment, for unit credit, enrolment must be completed through Short courses.

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