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Plagues, Pestilence and Pandemics: Are You Ready?

Griffith University via FutureLearn


Learn how to contain disease and fight future pandemics

Plagues may seem like an occurrence of the past, but outbreaks of infectious disease exist all over the world today. This online course will look at the current and emerging threat of global health pandemics and our response to them.

You’ll explore the science of infection and the spread of infectious diseases, identifying how microorganisms spread and manifest in the body. You’ll discover the challenges that re-emerging epidemics and bacterial resistance pose to disease prevention in diverse communities. And you’ll determine how to contain disease effectively and prevent future pandemics.

This course is designed for healthcare workers, particularly student healthcare workers, student nurses, policy makers and dentists.


  • The science of infection and disease
    • Welcome to the course
    • What causes infection and disease?
    • Why is infection a problem?
    • Knowledge check and understanding
  • Outbreak challenges and responses
    • Emerging and re-emerging challenges
    • Containment and prevention strategies
    • You have a part to play

Taught by

Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman


4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 163 ratings

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