Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

''A dynamic interplay between pathogens and humans, which clearly distinguishes infectious disease epidemiology from the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases.''

Infectious disease epidemiology is targeted towards understanding the routes and risks of transmission of pathogens between humans, and from the environment to humans, and using this knowledge to design and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions. We will introduce epidemiological methods and techniques that are specific for infectious diseases, such as outbreak investigations and (sero)surveillance. Specific (classes of) infectious diseases and their epidemiology will be covered. Other topics of the course include interventions such as vaccination, and antimicrobial resistance.

Start date(s): 
17 May 2021
Time investment: 
Five full working days
University Medical Center Utrecht
Faculty of Medicine
Fee:  This fee is exempt from VAT
€ 870
Extra information: 
  • Due to Covid-19 measures this course will take place fulltime online
  • For the exam we make use of the online proctoring system Proctor Exam

The objective of the course is to provide the participant with insight in the principles and important issues of infectious disease epidemiology. Specific objectives of the course are to:

  • Illustrate characteristics of infectious disease transmission dynamics which require specific approaches for epidemiological designs and analysis, such as dependency between cases.
  • Illustrate features of (changes in) population structures of relevant pathogens, in relation to epidemiology of infections.
  • Illustrate the impact of interventions on transmission dynamics and on the interaction between humans and pathogens.
  • Provide practical training in performing specific epidemiological analyses.
  • Get an overview of the public health relevance and response to infectious diseases


Please contact our Educational Office: 
​088 75 69710