In this course, you will learn :
- Demonstrate knowledge of infectious disease epidemics' origins, spread, and control.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of effective epidemic communication.
- Demonstrate understanding of key contemporary epidemic issues from a global perspective.
1. Theme One: Origins (Epidemics past, present and future)
- Hello and Welcome
- Historic transitions and emergence of epidemic infections
- Why novel emerging infectious diseases continue to arise I
- Why novel emerging infectious diseases continue to arise II
- Why novel emerging infectious diseases continue to arise III
- Panel discussion: How to prepare for the next epidemic?
- Panel discussion: How to allocate our resources among our fights against different pathogens?
- Panel discussion: Zika
- Panel discussion: How should we channel our resources?
- Panel discussion: Vaccines
- Panel discussion: Antimicrobial resistance
- Towards Digital Pathogen Surveillance: A very Bumpy, Winding Road
2. Theme One: Origins (Emergence and ecology of infectious diseases)
- Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases
- Emerging infectious diseases at the human-animal interface
- Emergence of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus in Asia
- Emergence of the H7N9 influenza A virus in China
- Swine Influenza and the 2009 Pandemic H1N
- Panel discussion: EBOLA IN THE WIDER CONTEXT
- Panel discussion: BORDER CONTROLS
- Panel discussion: IS STOPPING BUSHMEAT THE ANSWER?
- Panel discussion: HOW SHOULD WE USE EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS AND VACCINES?
- Panel discussion: SHOULD WE CENTRALISE CARE AND ENFORCE LOCKDOWNS?
- Panel discussion: WILL EBOLA BECOME AIRBORNE?
- Panel discussion: WILL EBOLA BE BECOME A HUGE HUMAN PANDEMIC LIKE HIV?
- Global Variation In Risk Of Influenza Virus Emergence
3. Theme One: Origins (Medical Detective: Bug hunting in Epidemics)
- Discovery of a novel microbe: First suspicion
- Finding the cause of interstitial pneumonia
- The identification of the novel virus associated with this infectious pneumonia
- Proof of association & causation: Is SARS coronavirus really the cause of SARS?
- Control of emerging infections depends on: Control at the source
- Alert: coronavirus as the cause of emerging infectious diseases!
- Using Genetic Data At Multiple Scales To Understand Constraints On Viral Evolution
4. Theme Two: Spread (Infectious disease epidemiology)
- The basics
- Epidemic curve
- Incubation period
- Transmissibility of communicable diseases
- Timescale of disease transmission
- Severity of infectious disease
5. Theme Two: Spread (Epidemiological triangle)
- Epidemiologic Triangle
- The Pathogen: The effects of dose and pathogen genetics
- The Pathogen: Evolution
- The Host: Overview
- The Host: Age
- The Host: Sexual mixing
- The Environment
- Influenza Immunity And Transmission In Time, Age and Space
6. Theme Two: Spread (Infectious disease modeling)
- Infectious Disease Modelling
- Evidence Synthesis
- Uncertainty in Modeling
- Precision Public Health
7. Theme Three: Control (Disease surveillance)
- Disease surveillance - Overview
- Emerging infections and outbreak detection
- Syndromic surveillance
- Serologic surveillance
- Surveillance - Evaluation of control measures
- Harnessing Multinational Data Sources In Global Models To Inform Vaccine Policy
8. Theme Three: Control (Non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI))
- Non-pharmaceutical interventions overview and John Snow
- Control of Cholera
- Hygiene and other personal interventions
- Isolation and quarantine and contact tracing
- School closure
- International measures including travel restrictions and entry screening
- Zoonoses - market closure
- Panel discussion: The Stocking Report
- Panel discussion: Outbreak Alert and Emergency Response
- Panel discussion: WHO Preparedness Centres
- Panel discussion: Ebola Vaccine
- Panel discussion: Health System Infrastructure
- Panel discussion: Lessons Learned
- Panel discussion: Communication Strategy
9. Theme Three: Control (Vaccination)
- Brief history and current issues
- How vaccines work
- Herd immunity and other indirect benefit
- How to measure vaccine effect
- Vaccine Trials
- Influenza vaccines
- Measuring vaccine impact on populations
- Vaccine economics
- Introducing a new vaccine
- Panel discussion: The State of Vaccine Confidence
- Panel discussion: Vaccine Confidence and Hesitancy
- Panel discussion: Trust
- Panel discussion: Measles Vaccine
- Panel discussion: Experimental Vaccines: Ebola
- Panel discussion: Vaccination: a basic health right?
- Digital Health & Epidemiology
10. Theme Four: Communication (Communicating disease risk)
- Risk communication in disease outbreaks
- Communicating infectious diseases
- Why doesn't the public follow health advice?
- Perceptions of risk and the idea of risk communication
- Perceptions of risk
- Risk communication
- From Disease Tracking To Disease Understanding Using Internet Data