Epidemiology and Health Protection (SLS203)

10 credits

Aim of this module

This module will provide the trainee with knowledge and understanding of epidemiology and the investigation and management of infection outbreaks, including the role of local and specialist laboratory services and national bodies (e.g. Health Protection Agency) in epidemiological investigation.

1. Perform the range of methodologies used in epidemiological surveillance and outbreak investigation. To include statistics relevant to epidemiology.
2. Understand the ways in which health protection services are delivered.
3. Use laboratory IT systems for handling, processing and storage of patient data.

Number Work-based learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 1,2

Report the epidemiological surveillance and investigation of a major national or international outbreak of infection.

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2 3

Use laboratory methods and protocols related to epidemiological surveillance and outbreak investigation to produce evidence of an infection outbreak from each of these sources.

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3 1,2

Use relevant data and statistical packages (e.g. Epi Info) and produce examples of how your laboratory has used their services.

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4 3

Use laboratory and hospital information systems to identify and record patient demographics, clinical details and relevant laboratory results.

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5 3

Use computer software packages for epidemiological surveillance and the investigation of infection outbreak.

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6 1,2

Control infection risks in accordance with departmental protocols.

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7 1,2

Minimise risks and hazards in compliance with health and safety policies.

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You must complete
1 Case-based discussion(s)
1 of the following DOPS / OCEs
Assessment Title Type
Outline epidemiological surveillance and outbreak investigation, including the importance of infection control DOPS
Perform the range of methodologies used in epidemiological surveillance and outbreak investigation. To include statistics relevant to epidemiology. DOPS
Use laboratory information technology IT systems for handling, processing and storage of patient data. DOPS
Participate in an outbreak control meeting DOPS
An appropriate activity agreed with your Training Officer OCE

Important information

The academic parts of this module will be detailed and communicated to you by your university. Please contact them if you have questions regarding this module and its assessments. The module titles in your MSc may not be exactly identical to the work-based modules shown in the e-portfolio. Your modules will be aligned, however, to ensure that your academic and work-based learning are complimentary.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain epidemiology and its application to health protection.
2. Discuss and evaluate the role of local, national and international bodies associated with health protection.
3. Discuss and evaluate the role of the clinical microbiology laboratory in both epidemiological surveillance and outbreak investigation and management.
4. Describe the design, operation and performance of epidemiological methodologies in surveillance, reporting and management of infectious disease outbreaks.
5. Discuss the partnership between the clinical microbiology laboratory and other clinical specialisms in epidemiological surveillance and outbreak investigation and patient care.

Indicative Content

  • Advanced epidemiology, including study design and statistical data analysis
  • Communicable disease surveillance and reporting, e.g. Communicable Disease Surveillance System (CoSurv)
  • Role of laboratory services and techniques to support epidemiological investigation
  • The principles of outbreak prevention, investigation, and management
  • Environmental outbreaks, e.g. Legionella, Norovirus
  • The role of the Health Protection Agency and successor bodies at local, regional and national levels
  • The role of international surveillance bodies
  • The legislative framework for Health and Safety at work as applied to infectious substances and disease