Epidemics

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“If history is our guide, we can assume that the battle between the intellect and will of the human species and the extraordinary adaptability of microbes will be never-ending.” (1)

Despite all the remarkable technological breakthroughs that we have made over the past few decades, the threat from infectious diseases has significantly accelerated. In this course, we will learn why this is the case by looking at the fundamental scientific principles underlying epidemics and the public health actions behind their prevention and control in the 21st century.

This course covers these four topics:

  1. origins of novel pathogens;
  2. analysis of the spread of infectious diseases;
  3. medical and public health countermeasures to prevent and control epidemics;
  4. panel discussions involving leading public health experts with deep frontline experiences to share their views on risk communication, crisis management, ethics and public trust in ...

“If history is our guide, we can assume that the battle between the intellect and will of the human species and the extraordinary adaptability of microbes will be never-ending.” (1)

Despite all the remarkable technological breakthroughs that we have made over the past few decades, the threat from infectious diseases has significantly accelerated. In this course, we will learn why this is the case by looking at the fundamental scientific principles underlying epidemics and the public health actions behind their prevention and control in the 21st century.

This course covers these four topics:

  1. origins of novel pathogens;
  2. analysis of the spread of infectious diseases;
  3. medical and public health countermeasures to prevent and control epidemics;
  4. panel discussions involving leading public health experts with deep frontline experiences to share their views on risk communication, crisis management, ethics and public trust in the context of infectious disease control. 

(1) Fauci AS, Touchette NA, Folkers GK. Emerging Infectious Diseases: a 10-Year Perspective from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Emerg Infect Dis 2005 Apr; 11(4):519-25.

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Uba Lawal

1/10 starsTaking Now
6 years ago
I am unable to log in to register it keeps telling me I have registered and when I tried to log in using my existing email addresses it refuses to allow me access to the course. Please Help! or is it too late? I am in cholera management and this course will help my understanding of infectious diseases diffusion and containment
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5 years, 10 months ago
This has been an excellent course!!! Well structured with excellent instructors, clear and concise delivery of the best science on this topic, interesting panel discussion from some of the top medical experts in the world, quizzes that fairly test your learning. You couldn't ask for anything more if you are interested in an introduction to this topic. It also has a mix of more advanced technical info with basic info which can make some of the quiz questions more challenging however you only need 50% to complete so this won't be a bar. As with any MOOC you can take what you want and leave the rest. In response to the one complaint below it is more process based than fact based. It teaches how epidemic spread rates are calculated rather than summarizing historical spread rates. It is not a history of past epidemics it is teaching tools on handling future epidemics.
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Minnie Wong

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
This is the veryfirst and one the best MOOC I have ever taken....So many famous professors from around will be your online teacheres!!! It's cool and you will have some basic understanding about epidemics by the end the course.
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Ryan Dingeldorf

2/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 1 month ago
put more good facts...............................................................................................................................................
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