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Free online course in Epidemics at edX

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Free online course in Epidemics at edX

Explore the science, prevention and control of epidemics in this free online course. In addition to lectures by leading scientists in this field from HKU, this course will feature panel discussions with world leading experts in epidemics.

“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.”

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 is the first (orgins of novel pathogens) of the four courses, covers these topics:

Epidemics: Past, Present and Future

Discussion on Ebola and Zika Outbreak, and Supplementary Module on Next Generation Informatics for Global Health

Ecology, Evolution and Emergence of Infectious Diseases

Medical Detective: Bug Hunting in Epidemics

What you’ll learn

Historic transitions and emergence of epidemic infections

Factors leading to infectious disease emergence and re-emergence

Regions with higher risk and estimated economic costs of emerging infectious disease

Ecology, evolution and emergence of infectious diseases such as Zika, Ebola, H5N1, H7N9, H1N1 and Swine Influenza

Discovery, proof of association and causation, and control (case review on SARS)

Course details

Length: 5 Weeks

Effort: 2–3 hours per week

Price: FREE (Add a Verified Certificate for $139 USD)

Institution HKUx

Subject: Medicine

Level: Introductory

If you are interesting in this course you can find it at edX through the link below:

https://www.edx.org/course/epidemics-i

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