Created by:   The Pennsylvania State University

  • Ottar Bjornstad

    Taught by:    Ottar Bjornstad, Professor of Entomology and Biology

    Department of Biology

  • Rachel Smith

    Taught by:    Rachel Smith, Associate Professor

    Department of Communication Arts & Sciences and Human Development & Family Studies

  • Mary Poss

    Taught by:    Mary Poss, Professor of Biology

    Department of Biology

  • David Hughes

    Taught by:    David Hughes, Assistant Professor of Entomology and Biology

    Department of Biology

  • Peter Hudson

    Taught by:    Peter Hudson, Willaman Professor of Biology

    Department of Biology

  • Matthew Ferrari

    Taught by:    Matthew Ferrari, Assistant Professor of Biology

    Department of Biology

  • Andrew Read

    Taught by:    Andrew Read, Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences, and Professor of Entomology

    Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics

  • Marcel Salathé

    Taught by:    Marcel Salathé, Assistant Professor of Biology

    Department of Biology

Commitment20 hours of videos and quizzes
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 of 355 ratings

Loved it! Thank you so much! The case studies especially made it easier to understand and remember the diseases discussed.

Excellent course. I really love the way it opened my eyes to the workings of disease and how it could be controlled globally. I am a certified medical laboratory professional so I have some kind of medical background. But this course has been pleasantly exhilarating. It added so much to my current knowledge. I absolutely recommend this.

Really enjoyed the variety contained within this course - thank you!

Enjoyed the course tremendously, and it was a wonderful refresher course that I am using to keep me current with some of the tangential parts of my field of expertise. I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in infectious disease, epidemiology, microbiology, or related fields. The videos were short, direct, and enlightening and not dry and boring light some educational videos can tend to be. I am planning on taking a number of other courses offered through