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This is a PLuS Alliance course offered through UNSW. Students at UNSW, Arizona State University and Kings College London who are in a PLuS Alliance program can enrol into this course.

This course is offered in two modes: either face to face (on-campus) and fully online.

In our history pathogens such as HIV, Ebola, Avian Influenza, SARS and more recently Zika virus have emerged to challenge human populations. This course will introduce you to the challenges of identifying and controlling infectious diseases through an appreciation of key factors such as differing modes of transmission, the importance of surveillance in achieving disease prevention and control, key steps in outbreak investigation and current disease control strategies. Examples including Ebola, influenza, measles, pneumococcal disease, rota virus, SARS and TB will be used to learn about preparing for and containing diseases with potentially catastrophic impact to the health and economic stability. This course supports you achieving a range of capabilities that you will need if you are planning to have a career in epidemiology and infectious disease control.

Please note prior to 2019 this course was titled Current Challenges in Infectious Diseases

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1



Delivery Mode

Fully online

Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Students who are not enrolled in a postgraduate program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine will need to provide approval from their program authority and the approval of the course convenor to

Course Outline

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

Access past handbook editions (2018 and prior)

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