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Disease Outbreaks in Low and Middle Income Countries

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via FutureLearn


Explore disease outbreaks and outbreak preparedness

On this 3-week course, you will explore disease outbreaks, discovering what outbreaks are and why they matter as well as the different responses to such outbreaks. You will also consider the future of outbreak preparedness.

Learn about disease prevention in middle and low income countries

Recent outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases have shown we need to be able to coordinate responses to disease outbreaks at the regional, country and global level.

You’ll think about who is responsible for controlling outbreaks, and the critical role of preparedness to prevent, control, and respond to the spread of infectious diseases.

Discover the future of disease control with experts

After exploring the current challenges encountered by teams working in effective outbreak response, you’ll look to the future and think about key insights and new innovations in disease control and prevention. How can modern technology place us in a better position to handle diseases in the future?

Through the course, you will learn from experts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a leading institution in the field and part of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) partnership.

This course is for those interested in, studying or working in global and public health. This includes government stakeholders; health practitioners and NGO employees - particularly those working in countries regularly affected by infectious disease outbreaks.

Translations are available at the bottom of each step in French, Arabic, Spanish and Russian to assist learners with the course content.


  • What are outbreaks and why do they matter?
    • Introduction
    • Introduction to Outbreaks in LMICs
    • Perspectives on Disease Outbreaks
    • Bringing it all together
  • How do we prepare for and respond to outbreaks?
    • Introduction
    • Outbreak Preparedness
    • Detection & Response to Outbreaks
    • Bringing it all together
  • Responding to outbreaks now and in the future
    • Introduction
    • New and continuing challenges in outbreak response
    • Navigating what lies ahead
    • Bringing it all together
    • Goodbye

Taught by

Jimmy Whitworth


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