Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Communicable Diseases MED5011

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will aim to review the threats to Public Health from communicable disease and appraise the tools available to respond to these.  The principles and methods of surveillance will be analysed and those relating to a range of infections will be evaluated.


This semester two course will be delivered using eleven two hour teaching sessions.

Requirements of Entry



Two essays, each of 1500 words.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To review the threats to public health from communicable diseases and to appraise the tools available to respond to these.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

Critically appraise the epidemiological principles related to the spread of infection.

Contrast and compare the main past, present and anticipated future provlems in infectious disease control
 with reference to the published literature.

Analyse the principles and methods of surveillance at local and national levels.

Critically evaluate the surveillance and prevention mechanisms associated with a range of infections.

Employ secondary data analysis in formulating a response to infection outbreak.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.