Infectious disease surveillance and control

Infectious disease surveillance and control

The RSPH collaborates in Australia, the region and globally to improve infectious disease control measures using mathematical modelling, epidemiology, geospatial analysis, intervention studies, and pathogen genomics.

The school has particular strengths in epidemic diseases; regularly deploying staff and students to assist with public health response within Australia and globally; and neglected Tropical Diseases where staff and students undertake field-based research into their transmission, distribution and control (with an emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) based interventions) in the Asia-Pacific.

RSPH MAE students are also taught how conduct surveillance for infectious diseases and investigate outbreaks. 


Academic staff, Student

Academic staff

Professional staff

Visiting staff



Project Status
(S)WASH-D for WORMS Completed
2014 Ebola Epidemic outbreak control (West Africa) Current
A Revisit to On the Mode of Communication of Cholera by John Snow: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Completed
Anaemia among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and women in Australia: Assessing risk factors and control strategy Current
Assessing the risk of Salmonella associated with importation of beef Completed
Assessment of potential risks to human health posed by Cypranid herpesvirus 3 Completed
Burden and costs of gastroenteritis Completed
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) Current
Clinical outcomes of Campylobacter in Australia Current
Clostridium difficile: assessing the risks to Australia of an emerging healthcare related pathogen Completed
Conquering schistosomiasis in China – the last mile (QIMR) Current
COVID-19 Involvement Survey for MAE Alumni and Scholars Current
Critical review of major Australian outbreaks of infectious diseases 1991-2015 Current
Does environmental change drive the spatiotemporal transmission dynamics of Echinococcus spp. in Ningxia, China? Current
Effectiveness of interventions for the prevention and treatment of early childhood lower respiratory tract infections/pneumonia in low income countries Potential
Environmental change and the spread of diseases from animals to humans Current
Estimating the global risk of the emergence, transmission, and spread of novel diseases Current
Evaluation of the outputs of the MAE program: reviewing 25 years of operation Completed
Gastroenteritis and foodborne disease in older adults Completed
Implications of COVID-19 restrictions for climate change and environmental health Current
Latitudinal gradients in disease Current
Mathematical modelling of Clostridium difficile Current
Mathematical modelling of respiratory pathogens Current
Mathematical modelling to inform public health policy Current
Measuring the financial burden of tuberculosis in the Asia-Pacific region Current
Optimal design of surveillance of vector-borne diseases Current
Quality and Efficiency in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Current
Supervisory models for outbreak investigation training in FETP in Asia-Pacific Current
Surveillance and control of influenza and other respiratory viruses Current
Surveillance and Monitoring to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis from the Samoan Islands Completed
Systematic review of Bayesian network decision support tools in clinical medicine and/or public health Completed
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses in travel medicine Current
The Australian tuberculosis risk factor survey Current
The effectiveness, acceptability and cost effectiveness of the 'BALatrine' Current
The Magic Glasses Research Programme Current
Tracking outbreaks of foodborne disease internationally through Whole Genome Sequencing Current
Understanding information needs about COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination program among migrants in Australia Current
Understanding the sources of Campylobacter in Australia Current
Use of Bayseain networks to identify risk factors associated with worm infections Completed
Using new point-of-care tests to improve outbreak response to epidemic and emerging pandemic influenza Current
Vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis in travelers Completed
WASH for WORMS Current
Whole genome sequencing in Salmonella surveillance and control Completed