Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9 are no longer supported. Please use a newer browser.
Concourse works best with JavaScript enabled.
Liberty University logo

Online · School of Health Sciences · Public and Community Health

Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
HLTH-625

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course provides the student with the knowledge base necessary to understand the mechanisms of infectious disease transmission, to select specific preventive methodologies in the control of particular diseases and to communicate the rationale for the various control methods.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Even in the 21st century, infectious diseases continue to be a concern. In recent years, a number of new infectious agents have emerged to join an array of old nemeses. Understanding the epidemiology of these diseases is essential to eliminating the suffering they cause.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the epidemiology of the major infectious diseases and their impact on global populations.
  2. Explain the role of infectious agents as causes of morbidity and mortality in the context of economically developing nations.
  3. Discuss vector-borne conditions.
  4. Discuss the appropriate use of antibiotics and other chemotherapeutic agents for the management of infectious diseases.
  5. Describe methodologies for infectious disease surveillance on a regional and global scale.
  6. Evaluate the scientific evidence for best practices in prevention of infectious diseases.
  7. Design infectious disease control strategies using evidence-based research.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Heymann DL. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual. 20th ed. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; 2015. ISBN: 9780875530185.

Lopez AD, Mathers CD, Ezzati M, Jamison DT, Murray CJL. Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors. Washington, DC: The World Bank; 2006. ISBN: 9780821362624. (Available free https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11812/)

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resources

Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. Current ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Emerging Infectious Diseases (Available free http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Available free www.cdc.gov/mmwr)

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words.

Journal Article Reviews (4)

The student will review 4 journal articles about a disease or topic found in the readings due in each of the even-numbered modules/weeks. The student will write a 4–5-page paper in current AMA format that summarizes the selected article and critiques the findings of the article. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Reading Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and 1 short essay question, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Service Project

The student will choose an organization with a focus on global health, infectious diseases in general, and/or a specific infectious disease. Once selected, 8 hours of volunteer time will be devoted to the organization and the experience will be summarized and graded in one of the 4 discussion boards described in item ‘C’ above.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 70 pts ea)

280

Journal Article Reviews (4 at 100 pts ea)

400

Reading Quizzes (8 at 40 pts ea)

320

Service Project (1 graded as 70 pt DB assignment)

0

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

HLTH 625

Textbooks: Heymann, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual (2015).

Lopez et al., Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors (2006).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Heymann: chs. 1–9

Lopez et al.: ch. 1

1 presentation

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Reading Quiz 1

10

0

70

40

2

Heymann: Selected Readings

Lopez et al.: chs. 2–3

1 presentation

1 website

Journal Article Review 1

Reading Quiz 2

100

40

3

Heymann: Selected Readings

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 2

Reading Quiz 3

70

40

4

Heymann: Selected Readings

1 presentation

1 website

Journal Article Review 2

Reading Quiz 4

100

40

5

Heymann: Selected Readings

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 3

Reading Quiz 5

70

40

6

Heymann: Selected Readings

1 presentation

1 website

Journal Article Review 3

Reading Quiz 6

100

40

7

Heymann: Selected Readings

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 4

Reading Quiz 7

70

40

8

Heymann: Selected Readings

1 presentation

1 website

Journal Article Review 4

Reading Quiz 8

100

40

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.