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I currently teach a course on Quantitative Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EMD 538). The course provides an overview of statistical and analytical methods that apply specifically to infectious diseases. The assumption of independent outcomes among individuals that underlies most traditional statistical methods often does not apply to infections that can be transmitted from person to person. Therefore, novel methods are often needed to address the unique challenges posed by infectious disease data. Topics include analysis of outbreak data, estimation of vaccine efficacy, time series methods, and Markov models. The course consists of lectures and computer labs where students gain experience analyzing example problems using a flexible computer programming language (MATLAB).