“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.”
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.
What Will You Learn?
- Historic transitions and emergence of epidemic infections
- Factors leading to infectious disease emergence and re-emergence
- Regions with higher risk and estimated economic costs of emerging infectious disease
- Ecology, evolution and emergence of infectious diseases such as Zika, Ebola, H5N1, H7N9, H1N1 and Swine Influenza
- Discovery, proof of association and causation, and control (case review on SARS)
Epidemics: Past, Present and Future