Johns Hopkins University

Disease Clusters

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Dr. Megan Weil Latshaw, PhD
Dr. Ellen Silbergeld

Instructors: Dr. Megan Weil Latshaw, PhD


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Beginner level

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6 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Explain how disease is studied.

  • Describe what happens during a disease cluster investigation.

  • Assess the two main parameters of a disease cluster investigation: time and space.

  • Explain challenges in studying disease clusters, including why they often yield inconclusive results.

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There are 5 modules in this course

Welcome! We're excited to lay out the rationale behind this course and begin to talk about disease and it's study.

What's included

3 videos

Now we dive into the study of disease, looking at how we can break things down by place and over time. . . with a special focus on unusual disease events. The five question quiz asks about what we've covered up to that point.

What's included

4 videos1 quiz

How do people working in health departments handle disease cluster investigations? Who else is involved? Module 3 starts off with some videos and a discussion. We look forward to engaging with you! At the end of the module, a quiz asks about material covered since your last quiz.

What's included

3 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt5 plugins

As we've mentioned, the tools available to public health often don't lead to the answers for which a community hoped. This module covers some of the reasons for that. Your final quiz asks about material presented in Module 4.

What's included

4 videos1 quiz

Around the world, many communities grapple with disease clusters every day. Hear from an organization in the US working with those communities to help answer their questions. Your final assignment asks to you bring together everything you've learned to develop a plan for how you will (or would) handle a disease cluster investigation. We hope to see lots of innovative ideas!

What's included

2 videos1 reading1 peer review


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4.9 (66 ratings)
Dr. Megan Weil Latshaw, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
2 Courses86,080 learners
Dr. Ellen Silbergeld
Johns Hopkins University
1 Course14,826 learners

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