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BiologyMicrobiologyPublic HealthVaccine Development

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Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 20 hours of videos and quizzes...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Russian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Course Introduction

3 readings
3 readings
Course Overview10m
Course Syllabus10m
Glossary of Terms10m
1 hour to complete

Pathogens

7 videos (Total 40 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Transmission Types4m
Reproductive Number4m
Epidemic Curve6m
Micro-organisms6m
1 reading
Module Overview10m
1 practice exercise
Summative: Pathogens20m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Hosts

7 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Other Determinants of Susceptibility6m
Social Influences on Immunity4m
Pathogens and Disease6m
Detecting an Infectious Disease Outbreak6m
1 reading
Module Overview: Hosts10m
1 practice exercise
Summative: Hosts20m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Basics of Ecology

9 videos (Total 55 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
Seasonality3m
Flu 19185m
Host Diversity, Host Range3m
Critical Community Size8m
Pathogen-Microbiome Interactions8m
The 2014 Ebola Outbreak9m
1 reading
Module Overview: Basics of Ecology10m
1 practice exercise
Summative: Basics of Ecology20m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Epidemiology

8 videos (Total 52 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
Superspreaders6m
Spatial Hetergeneity5m
Movement and Modern Transportation5m
Surveillance and Disclosure5m
Co-Infection Consequences10m
1 reading
Module Overview: Epidemiology10m
1 practice exercise
Summative: Epidemiology20m
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Top reviews from Epidemics - the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

By DBApr 23rd 2016

Can't fault this course at all and nor would I want to. Very interesting, brilliantly presented and the range of experts really enhanced it. It was engaging and made me keen to find out more.

By SNApr 12th 2016

great course and its intensive learning . One might think its just another course . However, one needs to follow all the lectures and notes closely to be able to pass all their assignments .

Instructors

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Dr. Ottar N. Bjornstad

Professor of Entomology and Biology
Department of Biology
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Dr. Rachel A. Smith

Associate Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences and Human Development & Family Studies
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Dr. Mary L. Poss

Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
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Dr. David P. Hughes

Assistant Professor of Entomology and Biology
Department of Biology
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Dr. Peter Hudson

Willaman Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
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Dr. Matthew Ferrari

Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
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Dr. Andrew Read

Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences, and Professor of Entomology
Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
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Dr. Marcel Salathé

Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Biology

About The Pennsylvania State University

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