Infectious Disease Health Informatics


Infectious Disease Health Informatics

The amount of data generated about infectious diseases in human and animal health is exponential increasing. The bottle-neck is not necessarily whether data are accessible, but whether it is feasible to handle and analyse them also in a clinical and public ‘one-health’ health relevant time-frame. It has increasingly become clear that almost any understanding or decision-making in relation to human, animal and environmental health, requires staff with a thorough understanding and ability to handle large and complex data. The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated this and it is expected that endemic infectious diseases and future pandemics and epidemics will have an increased focus in the years to come. DTU has several research groups with world-class competences in health- and bioinformatics, but no dedicated education educating candidates for the national and global marked. 

A unique MSc study line combining training in the genomics of microbial communities (incl. infectious microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance) with informatics to provide students with knowledge, methodologies and tools to:  

  • Explain the interaction between the human/animal microbiome and the occurrence of pathogens incl. co-infections, the treatment of infections and the symptoms/syndromes in the patients 
  • Analyse the occurrence, spread and dynamics of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance development at national, regional and global level by identifying risk factors and drivers, and sources and transmission pathways 
  • Analyse genomic data, including whole genome sequencing and metagenomic data 
  • Design and develop bioinformatic pipelines 
  • Design, implement and evaluate surveillance programmes and epidemiological studies 
  • Prioritise and propose targeted intervention strategies and support the decision-making process (risk assessment) 

General Competence Courses

A total of 30 ETCS must be completed in General Competence Courses. General Competence Courses are divided into three groups: GR1 consists of 15 ECTS mandatory courses that teaches essential skills relating to the specific field of this programme, GR2 courses relate to innovation, entrepreneurship & management and GR3 are optional general competences. The general competence courses are listed in the curriculum.

Technological Specialisation Courses

TS1 - Technological Specialisation Courses recommended for the study line of Infectious disease health informatics:

23205 Fighting infectious diseases 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
23261 Surveillance and epidemiology of infectious diseases 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)
23262 Infectious disease bioinformatics 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)

TS2 - Other Technological Specialisation Courses in the study line of Infectious disease health informatics may include the following:

02450 Introduction to Machine Learning and Data Mining 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17), Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
22145 Immunological Bioinformatics 5 point Autumn E5A (Wed 8-12)
23257 Compositional data analysis with applications in genomics 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)
27230 Prokaryotic cell biology 5 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)
27250 Molecular host-pathogen interactions 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)