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Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Public Health Dimensions

University of New South Wales via FutureLearn

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As our understanding of biology and disease has increased, so has our ability to manipulate both, leading to serious concerns about protecting and maintaining public health. High risk biological agent events, epidemics and bioterrorism are issues we are increasingly facing in the 21st century.

This course will introduce you to some of these topics and concerns - examining the basics of biosecurity. It will help you understand how diseases spread and how we can use health intelligence to inform how we can manage issues of biosecurity.

Learn about identifying biosecurity events

In order to manage biosecurity events effectively it’s crucial to understand them. We’ll look at the basic principles of infectious disease investigation, epidemiology and communicable disease response. We’ll also work on examining the differences between natural versus unnatural patterns of infectious disease.

Understand how to analyse health intelligence in the event of a biosecurity threat

In today’s world vast amounts of data are generated in healthcare. We’ll look at how this intelligence can be interpreted and analysed in relation to biosecurity events.

Finally, we’ll look at public health concerns related to biosecurity and bioterrorism events and evaluate the basic control measures for responding to such events. In doing this we’ll review some of the policy and ethical concerns related to contemporary biosecurity.

This course has no special requirements but might be of special interest to policy makers, security agencies, military personnel, first line responders, health professionals and academics.


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