Foundations in Communicable diseases

The “Foundation in Communicable Diseases” is the program of choice for candidates who are interested in building their career in communicable diseases’ prevention and control. The modules provide participants with the basic knowledge and essential understanding of communicable diseases in a period of 3 months. It covers communicable diseases’ mode of transmission and the use of epidemiological and laboratory methods in prevention and control, including dealing with epidemics, humanitarian emergencies, and disasters. It highlights, in relation to communicable diseases, some aspects of molecular biology, microbiology, entomology, epidemiology, and biostatistics. It also covers disease surveillance and response to epidemics including humanitarian emergencies and disasters.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the transmission dynamics of communicable diseases of public health importance and verify the role of vectors and reservoirs
  2. Identify and analyze biological and epidemiological factors determining the occurrence of communicable diseases in an area or community
  3. Use epidemiological methods to assess the burden in terms of morbidity, disability, and mortality related to communicable diseases and to prioritize control in an area or community
  4. Understand the role of laboratories in communicable diseases
  5. Effectively predict, detect, and manage an epidemic

Field Work

Participants will spend seven weeks in the field in order to be exposed to real-life situations and practice the skills they gain with the guidance of a dedicated mentor. The following field projects are expected to be conducted during the field work period:

  1. Describe the determinants of the common communicable diseases in the area
  2. Analyze available data related to the common communicable diseases in the area
  3. Recognize the role of public health laboratory, facility laboratory, and entomology lab
  4. Participate in disease and vector surveillance activities
  5. Participate in response to outbreak or emergency situations

Targeted Group

This program is useful for public health professionals working for ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and universities. It’s a valuable step for those who are looking for a career in communicable diseases control. It’s also useful for those who are currently dealing with epidemics or potential candidates for working in this field.

Duration: 3 Months
Courses: 5
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Residents who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded Technical diploma issued by International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) and accredited by Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

Courses In This Program