Integrated Infectious Disease Control BIOL5315

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course provides an introduction to the concept of integrated infectious disease control. The focus of the course is on a multidisciplinary practical approach to the control of zoonotic infectious diseases.


Teaching will be delivered over 11 weeks online. The pattern is as follows:

5 weeks teaching followed by 1 week for revision/catch-up, followed by another 5 weeks of teaching.

The timetable is flexible and asynchronous to allow maximum student flexibility

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students will complete one written assignment. (50%)

The maximum word count  for this assignment will not exceed 3000 words.


Students will complete one oral assessment (50%)%

Course Aims

■ This course aims to introduce the concept of integrated infectious disease control.

■ The focus of the course is on a multidisciplinary practical approach to the control of infectious diseases.

■ Students will explore relevant pathogens, the diseases they cause, host-pathogen relationships, interventions for treatment, control and prevention, as well as the surveillance, development of interventions and evaluation of intervention strategies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Appraise the importance of the multidisciplinary nature of infectious disease control

■ Understand the biology of relevant pathogens and the diseases they cause

■ Gain an understanding of the complex host-pathogen interactions of relevant pathogens.

■ Discuss treatment options, control measures and prevention strategies for relevant infectious diseases.

■ Appraise the importance of coordinating treatment, control, surveillance and prevention of infectious diseases.

■ Evaluate and explain treatment options, how these are discovered, developed and deployed.

■ Discuss methods of surveillance, prevention and control of infectious disease.

■ Evaluate disease control interventions to inform policy and practice.

■ Gain an understanding of the importance of cultural factors and household context that determine the outcome of disease control measures

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.