2015/16 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
PHLT5110M Communicable Disease Control and Non-Infectious Environmental Hazards
15 creditsClass Size: 40
Module manager: Martin J McAreavey
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2015/16
Pre-requisite qualificationsAbility to study at level M. Normally has obtained 120 credits at level 3.
This module is approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe Communicable Disease Control and Non-Infectious Environmental Hazards module will give students the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the nature of infectious and non-infectious environmental hazards and their impact on health.
ObjectivesBy the end of this module the student should have a critical understanding of the nature of infectious and non-infectious environmental hazards and their impact on health and also an understanding of the agencies and responsibilities relevant to actions to control infectious and non- infectious hazards.
On completion of this module students should have a critical understanding of the:
- strategic importance of health protection;
- nature of infectious and non-infectious environmental hazards and their impact on health;
- statutory organisational aspects of health protection;
- potential threats to the public health;
- legal framework in which health protection sits.
- Integrate and critically evaluate evidence from a wide range of sources on topics related to communicable diseases and their control.
- Design an investigation of a putative communicable disease outbreak, or chemical or biological incident.
- Work as a team member in analysing public health questions relating to communicable diseases and their control, and formulating responses to these questions and solutions.
- Recognise the political, legal and social aspects of communicable disease control.
- Infectious Disease: general microbiology; food microbiology; prevention of infection; legal and corporate responsibilities; policy on Communicable Disease Control.
- Surveillance Mechanisms: Definition; infectious and non-infectious systems; evaluation; future development; the CCDC function; environmental institutions.
- Management of Outbreaks: identification; preliminary enquiries; hypotheses and definitive studies; sources of infection, modes of transmission; primary and secondary infection; conduct of investigation, co-ordination, liaison; reports, media and public relations.
- Prevention: primary, secondary and tertiary prevention- application to environmental hazards; education; Getting Ahead of the Curve strategy as a catalyst for change; evaluation.
- Water quality, air quality, solid waste/contaminated land, food safety.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||120.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private study- Students will be expected to read all required materials associated with each lecture/seminar. These will include journal papers, book chapters, policy documents and reportage.
- In addition, students will be expected to read around their identified area of interest, not only to build a literature for use in their assignments, but also to enable them to participate and contribute to class discussions.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored by:
- attendance at lectures and tutorials;
- participation in seminar discussions and groupwork
- participation in recap/review sessions at the end of each day
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||1 x 3,000 word written assignment, selected from a range of questions set by the module leader or by agreement||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 18/12/2015
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