School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Tropical Disease Control (PHCM9784)

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Description

This course aims to equip candidates with an insight into the realities and challenges of the prevention and control of tropical diseases, and the promotion of health in developing, remote and resource poor countries, as well as a wide range of appropriate strategies to manage such challenges. The course will be based on real case scenarios and examples, presented by a wide range of public health expertise with direct practical experience.

Credit points

This course is a core course in the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence program, a specialisation in the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Control and an elective course in the Master of Public Health, Master of International Public Health and the Master of Health Management programs. It comprises 6 units of credit towards the total required for completion of the study program. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Mode of study

External (Distance) and Internal (Face-to-Face) classes on campus.

Course aim

This course aims to equip candidates with an insight into the realities and challenges of the prevention and control of tropical diseases, and the promotion of health in developing, remote and resource poor countries, as well as a wide range of appropriate strategies to manage such challenges. The course will be based on real case scenarios and examples, presented by a wide range of public health experts with direct practical experience.

Course Outcomes

There are four course learning outcomes (CLOs). By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the main types of tropical diseases common in developing countries.
  • Analyse the causation and transmission mechanisms of tropical diseases and conditions.
  • Critically analyse the key issues and challenges in the control of tropical diseases in resource poor settings.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of prevention and control strategies for tropical diseases in resource poor settings.
Learning and teaching rationale

This course will introduce you to tropical diseases control and the application for evidence-based control measures with a focus on resource poor settings. This course will involve input from international experts in the field, but you will also be expected to play an active part in the online activities and discussions. The course is based on a model of adult learning where all students are responsible for actively contributing to the course and drawing on and sharing their depth of knowledge on their own health contexts. It is envisaged that there will be international students within the course who will, no doubt, know more about the domestic situation in their home country than the presenters, whose role will be to provide the tools, insights and concepts that students can apply to their own situation. Furthermore, there may well be domestic and international students who have direct experience in tropical disease prevention and control in developed or developing country settings, and this background will be utilised in tutorials.

Teaching strategies

Internal and External students:
The format of the course consists of 10 weekly pre-recorded lectures given by tropical disease experts with experience in international settings.Both internal and external students are strongly encouraged to complete the listed online activities (e.g. discussions, sharing experiences and thoughts, and interactive videos) to build on and enhance your learning.

There will be 10 weekly drop-in webinars (non-compulsory) scheduled every Wednesday between 1pm and 2pm (Sydney time) using Blackboard Collaborate. These webinars are an opportunity for you to meet your classmates and teachers face-to-face, raise and discuss problems, and share common experiences in learning.

Assessment

Assessment 1 - Two Quizzes
Weighting: 20%

Assessment 2 - Tropical Disease Summary
Weighting: 30%
Length: 1000 words

Assessment 2 - Essay
Weighting:50%
Length: 2000 words

Learning resources

Learning resources for this course consist of the following:

  1. Course outline and readings (available in Moodle)
  2. Lecture slides (available in Moodle)
  3. Lecture recordings (available in Moodle)
Recommended resources

Readings for this course consist of suggested textbooks and a list of readings which is available in Moodle.  All of the suggested textbooks below are available as eBooks from UNSW Library: