Course: STI Prevention: Using Epidemiology to Inform Policy and Program

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STI Prevention: Using Epidemiology to Inform Policy and Program



Jonathan Zenilman

Originally Offered:

Spring 2007

Offered By:

Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health

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Considers features of sexually transmitted diseases relevant to their control, reviewing the natural history of the infections and laboratory diagnoses. Emphasizes policy development and public health practice for STI control and prevention, including behavioral interventions and medical screening/treatment intervention of sexually transmitted diseases.

Course Goal

To increase public health practitioners' awareness of the scope of the STI problem and to demonstrate the application of biology, epidemiology, and behavioral aspects of STIs to the development of policy and program.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the etiology of common STIs
  • Define the epidemiology of selected STIs
  • Identify the clinical presentations of STIs and their sequelae
  • Explain the theoretical and practical issues related to the design and implementation of STI control interventions
  • Describe the social, policy, and political issues encountered in developing and implementing STI control interventions
  • Develop a presentation illustrating the importance of STI epidemiology to policy and program development