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Basics of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

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Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2020-2021

Course director

Dr. István Zoltán KISS (istvan.kiss@aok.pte.hu), professor

Department of Public Health Medicine

Subject data

Code of subject: OAF-FEA-T  |  1 credit  |  General Medicine |  Optional module  |  autumn

Prerequisites: OAA-AED-T completed

Number of hours/semester

9 lectures + 3 practices + 0 seminars = total of 12 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 15 person


However the morbidity and mortality caused by infectious diseases has significantly declined in the developed countries in the last century due to the effective prevention methods, their complete elimination is not possible, infectious diseases are still part of our everyday life. The spread of infectious diseases could be controlled by timely identification, proper investigation and by targeted interventions. Aim of the course is to present the special characteristics of infectious diseases, and of infectious disease epidemiology; basics and functioning of surveillance systems, the basics and steps of an outbreak investigation, and epidemiological methods used during the investigation.


  • 1. Special characteristics of infectious diseases - Dr. Prantner Ida
  • 2. Basics of infectious disease epidemiology I - Dr. Prantner Ida
  • 3. Basics of infectious disease epidemiology II - Dr. Prantner Ida
  • 4. Methods used in infectious disease epidemiology - Dr. Prantner Ida
  • 5. Basic principles of surveillance - Dr. Prantner Ida
  • 6. Infectious disease surveillance - Dr. Prantner Ida
  • 7. Basics and steps of outbreak investigation I - Dr. Prantner Ida
  • 8. Basics and steps of outbreak investigation II - Dr. Prantner Ida
  • 9. Investigation of a food-borne outbreak - Dr. Prantner Ida


  • 1. Use of epidemiological knowledge in practice I (definitions, surveillance data interpretation, analysis)
  • 2. Use of epidemiological knowledge in practice II (Data collection, analysis, graphical interpretations)
  • 3. Use of epidemiological knowledge in practice III (analytic studies)


Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department


Recommended literature

Heymann (ed.): Control of Communicable Diseases Manual
Mikanatha, Lynfield, Van Beneden, de Valk (eds.): Infectious Disease Surveillance

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

The participation in the lectures, seminars, practises is obligatory (a catalogue should be signed), a maximum of 2x45 min absence is acceptable, above the signature will be rejected.

Mid-term exams


Making up for missed classes


Exam topics/questions



Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars

  • Dr. Prantner Ida