“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:
origins of novel pathogens;
analysis of the spread of infectious diseases;
medical and public health countermeasures to prevent and control epidemics;
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.
Erickcompleted this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Everything in this course is interesting! learning control measures, how to interpret epidemics graphics, being introduced to philogenetics, reviewing some outbreak cases.
Some of the supplementary reading included also makes you start thinking about how effective it's to overrely on certain media to inform the population of the risks of being contagied, without considering certain human factors that have an impact on wheter most people will follow the suggestions or not. Something similar can be learned on a reading regarding nutrition.
But apparently this course was revamped at some point, and that new version is available on Coursera.