The Infectious Disease and Public Health programme offered at The Open University UK approaches infectious disease from several perspectives – exploring the underlying biology, epidemiology, ecology and evolution of pathogens in relation to the extraordinary immune defences of their human hosts.

About

Infectious disease affects all our lives to varying degrees, often making front-page news: ‘New resistant strain of TB’, ‘Will bird flu cross over to humans?’ ‘Hospital infections reach epidemic proportions’, etc.

By studying the Infectious Disease and Public Health programme offered at The Open University UK, you will learn how infections are diagnosed, how to study changes in the incidence of diseases and investigate strategies for treatment and control through detailed case studies. You will also have the chance to study a disease or disease-related topic in detail.

OU qualifications are modular in structure; the credits from this undergraduate module could count towards a certificate of higher education, diploma of higher education, foundation degree or honours degree.

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Your tutor will also offer support through email and online forum discussions.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of the range of infectious diseases and their causative agents
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of the range of techniques used to diagnose infections
  • describe biological interactions between hosts and pathogens during an infection, and their evolution over time
  • give examples of the influence of social organisation, culture and economic development on the distribution of infectious disease
  • demonstrate the ability to interpret basic epidemiological data on infectious disease outbreaks
  • discuss strategies to prevent or reduce the impact of infectious diseases, commenting on their strengths and limitations
  • use a variety of methods, including electronic search tools, to access both primary and secondary scientific literature and abstract relevant information for a stated purpose
  • research and produce an extended piece of written work summarising historical and contemporary aspects of a chosen infectious disease (or diseases) including issues of treatment and control.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

You will study

  • Why have diseases such as AIDS spread so rapidly through large areas of the world? 
  • Why are some populations so badly affected? 
  • How have diseases such as smallpox and polio been controlled?
  • What are the reasons for the emergence of new infectious diseases?

Infectious disease and public health is an exciting course that shows how the causes and control of diseases can be understood only by reference to a range of biological information in the appropriate social context. It aims to:

  • present a multidisciplinary approach to the study of infectious disease
  • illustrate this approach through case studies of a range of infectious diseases
  • develop appropriate skills in reading and abstracting the literature and communicating the course themes coherently and from a multidisciplinary perspective.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at OU levels 1 and 2. 
  • They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject, preferably with the OU.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1464 GBP/full
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Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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