What can we do to keep infectious disease outbreaks from becoming epidemics or pandemics? This course will teach you about infectious diseases and medical responses. We'll concentrate on public health laws and policies that lay the groundwork for effective prevention, such as quarantine laws, drug development policies, and bioterrorism and biodefense.
1. Week 1: Introduction
- Week 1 Introductory Video
- Week 1 Video 1: What Are Epidemics, Pandemics & Outbreaks?
- Week 1 Video 2: Why Epidemics Happen
- Week 1 Video 3: How Do We Respond?
- Week 1 Video 4: Who is Responding?
- Week 1 Video 5: What’s Law Got to Do With It?
- If an Outbreak Occurs What are the Roles of the State and Federal Governments in Stopping it?
- Why Did Some States Impose Quarantines in the 2014 Ebola Outbreak While Other States Didn't?
- What Role Does Advocacy Play in Funding?
- What Role Does the Biological Weapons Convention Play?
- What is an Emergency Use Authorization for a Drug or Vaccine?
- What is the Role of Public Education in Containing an Outbreak?
- What Effect do Outbreaks Have on Funding Priorities?
2. Week 2: Understanding Infectious Diseases
- Week 2 Introductory Video
- Week 2 Video 1: What causes infection? What is an infectious disease?
- Week 2 Video 2: How do infections spread?
- Week 2 Video 3: Influenza and Vaccines
- Week 2 Video 4: The Story of Typhoid Mary
- Week 2 Video 5: Ebola
- Week 2 Video 6: Leprosy and Tuberculosis
- Hot Topics for Advanced Instruction: Week 2 Video 7: Biosecurity and Bioterrorism
- What is antibiotic resistance?
- What is the threat posed by antibiotic resistant bacteria?
- Is Overuse of Antibiotics Causing Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?
- What are we Doing to Reduce Overuse Antibiotics?
- What about Developing new Antibiotics?
- What Effect is Globalization Having on the Problem of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?
- What Kinds of Biosafety Gear do Reasearchers Use When They're Working with Dangerous Viruses and Bacteria in the Lab?
- How Does the Federal Government Promote Research and Development of New Drugs and Vaccines?
- What is the Animal Rule?
- How Were Researchers Able to Produce an Experimental Vaccine Within a Few Months of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak?
- Could We Produce Enough Vaccine for a Pandemic Flu?
- Why Should Healthy People Get Vaccinated for The Flu or Other Diseases?
- Why are We Seeing Resurgence of Old Diseases for Which We Have Vaccines Like Measles?
- What Are Some of the Obstacles to Increasing Our Vaccination Rates?
- Are Vaccinations Important in a Pandemic?
3. Week 3: Global Health Security
- Week 3 Introductory Video
- Week 3 Video 1: Globalization and Pandemic Threats
- Week 3 Video 2: Legal Frameworks to Build National Capacity Globally to Combat Infectious Diseases with Pandemic Potential
- Week 3 Video 3: The WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework
- Why Don't Most Countries Make or Use Biological Weapons?
- What is the Dual Use Research of Concern in the Biological Weapons Context?
- What are Some of the Ways the United States Protects Itself Against Bioterrorism?
- Do These Biodefense Programs Protect us Against Pandemics in Addition to Bioterrorism?
- How do We Decide Which Bioterrorism Threats to Prepare For?
- How Does Biowatch Detect Bioterrorism Attacks?
- How is Biodefense Funded?
4. Week 4: Local Countermeasures
- Week 4 Introductory Video
- Week 4 Video 1: What is public health and public health law?
- Week 4 Video 2: What Authority Does the Government Have to Enact Laws Pertaining to Epidemics, Outbreaks and Pandemics?
- Week 4 Video 3: What legal Interventions Can be Used to Fight Infectious Disease?
- Week 4 Video 4: Isolation and Quarantine
- Why Do We Need International Laws And Policies?
- What Role do the International Health Regulations Play?
- What is the New Global Health Security Agenda?