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Explore the science, prevention and control of epidemics.

Topics: General Health, Public Health, General History


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If you are unable to access YouTube, please find the introductory video here. 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 the following four topics: (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.


  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Kwok-Yung Yuen, Joseph Wu, Malik Peiris, Marc Lipsitch, Mark Jit, Guan Yi, Benjamin Cowling, Thomas Abraham, Gabriel M. Leung
  • Institution: EdX
  • Topics: General Health, Public Health, General History

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