Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Disease Prevention and Control

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Health Sciences

DESCRIPTION The purpose of this unit is to provide undergraduate health professionals with the basic knowledge, tools and strategies needed to practice disease prevention in a broad range of health care environments including, but not limited to, acute care, long-term care and community care.

Study-unit Aims

Persons preparing for careers in health practice need a solid academic grounding in the principles of communicable disease control before arriving on the job. The study-unit aims to inform how micro-organisms spread and cause disease, evaluate the basics of primary prevention by immunisation and what mass immunisation can accomplish, inform about the importance of routine ongoing communicable disease surveillance and outline the essentials of Travel Medicine. Armed with the essentials, the health care professional will have the tools to approach disease problems in an orderly and rational way.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(1) identify and describe the scope of disease prevention strategies;
(2) learn about common infectious diseases and modes of transmission;
(3) learn the principles of immunology and immunisations;
(4) learn the principles of travel medicine and prevention of travel associated disease;
(5) achieve basic knowledge of non-communicable disease and strategies to attain healthy lifestyle.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Integrate his/her current expertise with the basic knowledge, tools and strategies needed to examine problems related to disease prevention and control and develop practical solutions.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Woolf,S.H., Jonas,S., Kaplan-Liss,E: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice. Second Edition October, 2007
Noah,N:Controlling Communicable Disease. First Edition June, 2006
Hamann,B: Disease: Identification, Prevention and Control. Third Edition, 2006
Yarnell,J: Epidemiology and Prevention: A System-Based Approach. Oxford Press, First Edition , 2007
Ayong Ayim,M: Communicable Diseases for School and Community Health Promotion. AuthorHouse First Edition, 2011


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Christopher Barbara
Mariella Borg Buontempo
Maria-Louise Borg
Michael Angelo Borg
Miriam Dalmas
Joanne Farrugia
Charmaine Gauci (Co-ord.)
Joseph Grech
Tanya Melillo
Lucienne Pace
Maja Podesta
Sascha Reiff
Antonia Stella Sammut
Charlene Vassallo
Pauline Vassallo

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