Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
504 FETP: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
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To introduce the epidemiological aspects of infectious diseases of Public Health importance
for adapting effective control and prevention strategies. This unit will strengthen the
knowledge base of students in conducting Epidemic and other epidemiologic investigation
related to communicable diseases.
On completion of this unit, the student should be able to:
understand the basic principles and terminology of infectious disease epidemiology
understand the epidemiological aspects of infectious and other communicable diseases of
Public Health Importance in Saudi arabia
identify and adapt measures/strategies for prevention and control of these diseases
evaluate immunisation programmes

Conceptual Outline:
Terms used in infectious disease epidemiology
Principles and methods of disease transmission, control and prevention
Agent factors, mechanism of transmission, incubation period, host/reservoir, periods of
communicability, characteristics of asymptomatic infections, interplay of environment
and host in disease transmission for the communicable diseases of Public Health
importance in Saudi Arabia and GCC.
Currently acceptable methods of control and prevention for each disease discussed
Current status of infectious and communicable disease control programs of Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia
Immunisation programmes planning, implementation and evaluation

Teaching Strategy:
The study strategy will consist of lectures and visits to offices of the concerned health
programs. The teaching will be shared by external guest speakers, where appropriate, to
acquaint the residents with the current status of disease and its control program in the

Course Assessment:
The course will contribute 200 marks to the final evaluation. Assessment will be based on
one written MCQ papers i.e. Paper II of 1st term examination 70% (140 marks)
one literature review assignment, on a designated topic in communicable disease
epidemiology 30% (60 marks)
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Layout
501 FETP: Principles of Epidemiology 502 FETP: Bio-statistics 503 FETP: Epidemiologic Application of Microcomputers 504 FETP: Infectious Disease Epidemiology 505 FETP: Chronic Disease Epidemiology 506 FETP: Scientific Writing and Report Preparation 507 FETP: Public Health Programs 508 FETP: Seminars in Epidemiology I 509 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy II 510 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy III
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Unit
511 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy IV 512 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy V 513 FETP: Epidimiology Practice I 514 FETP: Epidimiology Practice II 515 FETP: Epidimiology Practice III 516 FETP: Epidimiology Practice IV 517 FETP: Epidimiology Practice V 518 FETP: Outbreak Investigations I 519 FETP: Outbreak Investigations II 520 FETP: Outbreak Investigations III
521 FETP: Outbreak Investigations IV 522 FETP: Surveillance Systems I 523 FETP: Surveillance Systems II 524 FETP: Surveillance Systems III 525 FETP: Surveillance Systems IV 526 FETP: Long Term Project 527 FETP: Scientific Presentations II 528 FETP: Scientific Presentations I 529 FETP: Training Activities I 530 FETP: Training Activities II
504 FETP: Infectious Disease Epidemiology