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What can we do to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases from becoming epidemics or pandemic? In this course, you’ll learn the facts about infectious diseases and medical responses. We'll focus on the public health laws and policies that provide the framework for effective prevention, like quarantine laws, drug development policies, and bioterrorism and biodefense....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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2 hours to complete

Week 1: Introduction

Welcome to Week One! This week’s lesson immerses you in the world of epidemics, pandemics and outbreaks and our efforts to prevent and respond to them. It will prepare you to engage in depth with the lessons that are coming up in weeks 2-4: "Understanding Infectious Diseases," "Global Health Security," and "Local Countermeasures."...
Reading
13 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
Video13 videos
Week 1 Video 1: What Are Epidemics, Pandemics & Outbreaks?7m
Week 1 Video 2: Why Epidemics Happen9m
Week 1 Video 3: How Do We Respond?5m
Week 1 Video 4: Who is Responding?4m
Week 1 Video 5: What’s Law Got to Do With It?5m
If an Outbreak Occurs What are the Roles of the State and Federal Governments in Stopping it?1m
Why Did Some States Impose Quarantines in the 2014 Ebola Outbreak While Other States Didn't?1m
What Role Does Advocacy Play in Funding?m
What Role Does the Biological Weapons Convention Play?m
What is an Emergency Use Authorization for a Drug or Vaccine?m
What is the Role of Public Education in Containing an Outbreak?m
What Effect do Outbreaks Have on Funding Priorities?1m
Reading2 readings
Hot Topics for Advanced Instruction: Vaccination Rates and Outbreaks10m
Additional Resources10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Week 1: Quiz 114m
Week 1: Quiz 214m
Week 1: Quiz 38m
Week 1: Quiz 48m
Week 1: Quiz 56m
Week
2
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2 hours to complete

Week 2: Understanding Infectious Diseases

Welcome to Week Two! This week’s lesson provides you with the tools needed to understand the world of infectious disease. It will allow you to develop a context of knowledge and familiarity with the concepts that inform legal and public health response strategies to outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics. What you learn here will be drawn upon in weeks 3-4: “Global Health Security” and “Local Countermeasures.” ...
Reading
23 videos (Total 63 min), 3 quizzes
Video23 videos
Week 2 Video 1: What causes infection? What is an infectious disease?11m
Week 2 Video 2: How do infections spread?4m
Week 2 Video 3: Influenza and Vaccines4m
Week 2 Video 4: The Story of Typhoid Mary3m
Week 2 Video 5: Ebola5m
Week 2 Video 6: Leprosy and Tuberculosis6m
Hot Topics for Advanced Instruction: Week 2 Video 7: Biosecurity and Bioterrorism8m
What is antibiotic resistance?1m
What is the threat posed by antibiotic resistant bacteria?m
Is Overuse of Antibiotics Causing Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?m
What are we Doing to Reduce Overuse Antibiotics?2m
What about Developing new Antibiotics?m
What Effect is Globalization Having on the Problem of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?m
What Kinds of Biosafety Gear do Reasearchers Use When They're Working with Dangerous Viruses and Bacteria in the Lab?1m
How Does the Federal Government Promote Research and Development of New Drugs and Vaccines?2m
What is the Animal Rule?1m
How Were Researchers Able to Produce an Experimental Vaccine Within a Few Months of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak?m
Could We Produce Enough Vaccine for a Pandemic Flu?m
Why Should Healthy People Get Vaccinated for The Flu or Other Diseases?m
Why are We Seeing Resurgence of Old Diseases for Which We Have Vaccines Like Measles?1m
What Are Some of the Obstacles to Increasing Our Vaccination Rates?m
Are Vaccinations Important in a Pandemic?m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Week 2: Quiz 16m
Week 2: Quiz 26m
Week 2: Quiz 34m
Week
3
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1 hour to complete

Week 3: Global Health Security

Welcome to Week 3! Now that you are more familiar with the nature and history of infectious disease, consider the following quote from Natalie Angier, American nonfiction writer and a science journalist for The New York Times: “Today, diseases as common as the cold and as rare as Ebola are circling the globe with near telephonic speed, making long-distance connections and intercontinental infections almost as if by satellite. You needn't even bother to reach out and touch someone. If you live, if you're homeothermic biomass, you will be reached and touched. Microbes are, after all, members of the most ancient, zealous and Darwinically gilded 24-7 delivery consortium. They travel by land, sea, air, nose, blows, glove, love, sewage, steerage, rat backs, hat racks, uncooked burritos, overlooked mosquitoes. And, oh, how they love the global village.” Indeed, the same forces of globalization that have lowered barriers to global communication, travel, and commerce have amplified the ability for infectious diseases to spread internationally. In many ways, defense against this common threat is only as strong as each nation’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, and the collective ability of the international community to coordinate these capacities multilaterally....
Reading
11 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video11 videos
Week 3 Video 1: Globalization and Pandemic Threats1m
Week 3 Video 2: Legal Frameworks to Build National Capacity Globally to Combat Infectious Diseases with Pandemic Potential2m
Week 3 Video 3: The WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework1m
Why Don't Most Countries Make or Use Biological Weapons?m
What is the Dual Use Research of Concern in the Biological Weapons Context?m
What are Some of the Ways the United States Protects Itself Against Bioterrorism?2m
Do These Biodefense Programs Protect us Against Pandemics in Addition to Bioterrorism?m
How do We Decide Which Bioterrorism Threats to Prepare For?m
How Does Biowatch Detect Bioterrorism Attacks?m
How is Biodefense Funded?m
Reading1 reading
Hot Topics for Advanced Instruction: The Economics of Developing Emergency Medical Countermeasures10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Week 3: Quiz 16m
Week 3: Quiz 210m
Week 3: Quiz 36m
Week
4
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2 hours to complete

Week 4: Local Countermeasures

Welcome to Week Four! This week’s lesson introduces you to the legal interventions available to state and local public health practitioners to combat epidemics, pandemics and outbreaks. In addition to the law, we will look at some of the ethical and practical issues associated with disease reporting requirements, the effect of a declaration of an emergency, travel restrictions, quarantine and isolation. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video8 videos
Week 4 Video 1: What is public health and public health law?3m
Week 4 Video 2: What Authority Does the Government Have to Enact Laws Pertaining to Epidemics, Outbreaks and Pandemics?6m
Week 4 Video 3: What legal Interventions Can be Used to Fight Infectious Disease?9m
Week 4 Video 4: Isolation and Quarantine15m
Why Do We Need International Laws And Policies?m
What Role do the International Health Regulations Play?m
What is the New Global Health Security Agenda?m
Reading1 reading
Hot Topic for Advanced Instruction: Constitutional Considerations and Ethical Implications of Mandatory Vaccination Requirements10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Week 4: Quiz 16m
Week 4: Quiz 210m
Week 4: Quiz 310m
Week 4: Quiz 410m
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Top Reviews

By DADec 8th 2015

Excellent course! Concise and very different from other Epidemiology-type courses. Videos short yet very informative. VERY ENGAGING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

By AMJun 12th 2018

It was an exceptionally very educative course,which was presented with modern day case studies and activities. Good Stuff!!!!!!!!!!

Instructors

Elena A. Baylis

Associate Professor
Law

Elizabeth Ferrell Bjerke, JD

Director, JD/MPH Program
Health Policy and Management

Amesh A. Adalja, MD, FACP

Senior Associate
UPMC Center for Health Security

Ryan Morhard

Guest Instructor

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