Containment Strategies of Infectious Diseases in Global Context


Course Objective

The endpoint of this course is that the student
• Has acquired in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in relation
to health intervention strategies for infectious diseases.
• Has acquired insights in various infectious diseases and
characteristics in relation to containment strategies.
• Has acquired insight into the role of international institutions, such
as the WHO, governmental advisory bodies, relevant professionals,
executing institutions, NGOs and communities in designing and carrying
out health interventions.
• Understands which barriers are important when implementing containment
strategies of infectious diseases, with a focus on vaccination
• Has acquired insight in theoretical concepts and methods to interpret
results, evaluations and the effectiveness of programs.
• Has learned and practiced interdisciplinary methods and techniques to
plan health interventions at community level in an interactive way.

Course Content

This course covers developments in intervention strategies used to
address health needs in a global context. Containment strategies of
infectious diseases, in particular vaccination programmes, alert systems
and intervention strategies, provide specific areas of attention. The
containment strategies to be discussed include programmes for known
infections (including vaccination strategies and
in case of absence of a vaccine, diagnosis and treatment strategies)
and emerging infections (including isolation, prevention and
communication strategies).
The student learns how to analyze bottlenecks and opportunities of the
various strategies, how to interpret the results and to evaluate the
implementation of programmes.
In addition, the student will take part in a group assignment on how to
design containment strategies at community level in an interactive way,
for e.g. tuberculosis, polio, rabies, malaria, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, etc. A
presentation and writing of an essay will be part of the group

Teaching Methods

Lectures, group assigment, presentation, essay, self-study.
Basic background knowledge will be provided by VU lecturers,
whereas relevant guest lecturers will present practical field examples.
Group assignment attendance is compulsory.
Contact hours: lectures 34 hrs, group work 8 hrs.
Self-study approx. 80 hrs.

Method of Assessment

Individual exam (60%) and group assignment presentation and essay (40%).
Both parts must at least be sufficient (6 or higher)

Entry Requirements

Basic knowledge about the pathogenesis of infectious diseases,
microbiology and immunology


R. Webber, 2009. Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Control. 3rd
Edition. CAB International, UK and USA. ISBN 978-1-84593-504-7.

Slide sets of lectures as made available on Canvas.

Lecturers may make further readings available on Canvas.

Target Audience

Compulsory course within the Master differentiation International Public
Health; optional course for students in other differentiations of the
Masters Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Management, Policy
Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences. Students from
other backgrounds, please contact our secretariat for further
information at

Additional Information

VU lecturers:
Prof. dr. Han van den Bosch
Prof. dr. Paul Klatser
Dr. Dirk Essink
Dr Bernard Ganter

Guest lecturers:
Dr. Jim van Steenbergen (RIVM/LUMC)
Dr. Helma Ruijs (RIVM)
Dr Frank Cobelens (KNCV)
Dr. Constance Schultsz (AIGHD/AMC)
Prof. dr. Maarten Postma (RUG)
Dr. Kitty Maassen (RIVM)
Dr. Koert Ritmeijer (MSF)
Prof. dr. Robert Sauerwein (UMC Nijmegen)
Prof. dr. Cees Hamelink (VU)
Prof. dr. Guus Rimmelzwaan (EMC Rotterdam)
Dr. Hans Zaaijer (Sanguin)
Prof. dr. Christina Vandenbroucke (VUMC)Minor course AB_1046 "Infectious
Diseases and Vaccine Development"

Custom Course Registration

Enrollment through Canvas.

Recommended background knowledge

Minor course AB_1046 "Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Development"

General Information

Course Code AM_470127
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. D.R. Essink
Examiner dr. D.R. Essink
Teaching Staff dr. D.R. Essink
prof. dr. P.R. Klatser
prof. dr. J.F. van den Bosch

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group*, Lecture

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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