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Subtitles: English, Spanish, Russian

Skills you will gain

BiologyMicrobiologyPublic HealthVaccine Development

Learner Career Outcomes

31%

started a new career after completing these courses

24%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Approx. 15 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Russian

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Course Introduction

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

Pathogens

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 40 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Micro and Macro Parasites5m
Infection and Disease6m
Transmission Types4m
Reproductive Number4m
Epidemic Curve6m
Micro-organisms6m
1 reading
Module Overview10m
1 practice exercise
Summative: Pathogens20m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Hosts

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Types of Immunity: Adaptive Immune System5m
Immune Evasion6m
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

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Basics of Ecology

1 hour to complete
9 videos (Total 55 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
Force of Infection5m
Cycles4m
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

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Epidemiology

1 hour to complete
8 videos (Total 52 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
Social Networks5m
Structure of Networks5m
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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