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Course Description

Credit Units: 3
Mr. Bennibor, S. A.,, Department of Allied Health & Biological Sciences, College of Health Sciences 

Course description:

This course deals with basic epidemiological concepts and their application in the identification of communicable diseases, the formulation of appropriate strategies and their implementation including the use of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) framework. 

Learning Outcomes/ Objectives

At the end of the course, the student will be able to;

  1. apply epidemiological concepts in the identification of communicable diseases
  2. discuss the epidemiological triad, models and application
  3. discuss the concepts in community health nursing interventions
  4. explain the role of the nurse in Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR)
  5. discuss the factors necessary for the achievement, promotion and maintenance of good personal health
  6. explain the process of community diagnosis, its components and  the types.

Course Content

  • Definition of terms, the natural history of disease
  • Levels of prevention
  • Purpose of epidemiology
  • Relationship in epidemiological triad
  • Epidemiological models and application
  • Concepts in community health nursing interventions
  • Epidemiological study designs
  • Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR)
  • Communicable diseases and their management – disease of contact and droplets: nasal catarrh, pulmonary tuberculosis; mumps; diphtheria, chicken/smallpox etc
  • Water and food related diseases – Typhoid fever; Parathyroid, Cholera; Dysentery; Food poisoning etc
  • Diseases spread by insect and other animals – Yellow fever; Plaque; Rabies; Trypanosomiasis; Filariasis; Typhus etc
  • Promotion of personal and environmental health
  • Community diagnosis – methods, components, and significance
  • Emerging infectious diseases  HIV/AIDS; Ebola; Lassa fever etc
  • HIV and Acquired Immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS):
  • prevalence; prevention including ABCD of prevention; 
  • Prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT\
  • Universal precautions and post exposure prophylaxis (PEP); 
  • Family and community involvement; opportunistic infections; 
  • National counseling techniques ( country specific),
  • HIV counseling ad testing

Methods of Instruction:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Discussion groups
  • Guest lectures
  • Projects (e.g. case studies, poster presentation, seminar presentation)
  • Reading of articles from relevant scientific journals

Methods of Course Assessment:

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the university policy. The lecturer will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Criteria Marks

Individual Works/Tasks 10

Class Tests 10

Class Assignments 10

Final Examination 70


Pre-requisite courses:


Co-requisite course(s):


Recommended Reference Materials:


  1. Lucas, A. O. and Gulles H. M. (2003). Short Textbook of Public Health Medicine for the Tropics. (4th ed.). London: Hodder &Arnold. 
  2. Park, K. (2000). Park’s Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine. M/s Banarsidas, India: Bhanot Publishers.
  3. Basavanthappa, B. T. (2008), Community Health Nursing 2nd Ed, New Delhi: Jaypee.




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