PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN RELATION TO COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Principles of Public Health in relation to Infection

Key principles of an outbreak investigation in the community.
Principles of hypothesis-generation and testing when investigating an outbreak.
Employ basic statistical methods and describe the concepts of mathematical modelling in designing interventions during an outbreak.
Public health aspects of vaccine-preventable infections and the benefits of vaccination.
Concepts of herd immunity in relation to vaccine failure.
Microbiology and epidemiology
of food and waterborne infections.
How to provide microbiology support in a public health emergency.
Features of agents of deliberate release in terms of clinical presentation, the potential for spread and methods for detection and control.

Skills: leadership, chairing outbreak meetings, analysing data, briefing, developing sitrep, working with the public health team, providing specialist support.

Outbreak Management

Steps involved in recognising, investigating and controlling outbreaks of infection.
Current laboratory, including molecular, epidemiological methods utilised for outbreak investigations and how to access them.
Statistical methods used in outbreak recognition, investigation and management.

Skill: lead an outbreak investigation, utilise available expertise and resources, interpret statistical data to make recommendation and policy, guide diagnostic laboratory, utilise reference laboratory, writing a report.

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