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About the Course

Not so long ago, it was almost guaranteed that you would die of an infectious disease. In fact, had you been born just 150 years ago, your chances of dying of an infectious disease before you've reached the tender age of 5 would have been extremely high. Since then, science has come a long way in understanding infectious diseases - what they are, how they spread, and how they can be prevented. But diseases like HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, or the flu are still major killers worldwide, and novel emerging diseases are a constant threat to public health. In addition, the bugs are evolving. Antibiotics, our most potent weapon against bacterial infections, are losing their power because the bacteria are becoming resistant. In this course, we'll explore the major themes of infectious diseases dynamics. After we’ve covered the basics, we'll be looking at the dynamics of the flu, and why we're worried about flu pandemics. We'll be looking at the dynamics of childhood diseases such as measles and whooping cough, which were once considered almost eradicated, but are now making a comeback. We'll explore Malaria, and use it as a case study of the evolution of drug resistance. We'll even be looking at social networks - how diseases can spread from you to your friends to your friends' friends, and so on. And of course we’ll be talking about vaccination too. We’ll also be talking about how mobile phones, social media and crowdsourcing are revolutionizing disease surveillance, giving rise to a new field of digital epidemiology. And yes, we will be talking about Zombies - not human zombies, but zombie ants whose brains are hijacked by an infectious fungus. We're looking forward to having you join us for an exciting course!...

Top reviews


Apr 23, 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.


May 13, 2017

It is a wonderful course , I have gain and updated my Knowledge in the area of Epidemics and Infectious Disease, Thanks to the Course organizers and most effective presentations . Dr Shivaji

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By Catherine C

Oct 14, 2016

Great for beginners and a good review of the basics!

By Daniela R R

Aug 28, 2015

Great content presented in a very comprehensive way!

By Anoop M

May 29, 2020

Presentation well achieved.

The quiz are appropriate


May 27, 2020

Knowledge gained will definitely help me in future

By Mark E S

Aug 11, 2020

An excellent exposition on diseases and infection

By Yoonjeong C

Apr 13, 2020

I loved the layout, content, and animations of th

By Uener R d S

Jun 03, 2017

It's a great and interesting course. I recommend.

By Julia L C G

Jul 26, 2020

Very good course! A diverse and quality content!

By Diana H

Dec 09, 2015

Excellently presented by interesting lecturers.

By Vinutha.S.R

Jul 04, 2020

enlightening course!!! Thanks for the speakers

By Adriana B G M

Jun 20, 2020

This course was amazing and very educational!

By Tahir H

Jan 19, 2020

good knowledge about the infectious diseases

By Quentin L T

Apr 08, 2018

Great course, great professors. Thank you !

By Lilly H

Aug 19, 2017

Really enjoyed this course & learned a lot!

By Sofya P

Jun 21, 2020

Interesting, fascinating and informative.

By Cecilia I B M

Jun 14, 2019

SO interesting!! And a easily way to learn

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Oct 02, 2018


By Johan L

Dec 10, 2016

Useful. Scary. Enjoyable. Clarifies a lot.

By Lisa O

Dec 01, 2015

This was a fascinating course. Thank you.

By Stephen W H

May 10, 2020

Very well detailed and informative course

By Kristian L

Aug 02, 2020

A well thought out and presented course.

By Hans M

Sep 10, 2019

Thank you so much. The course is Awesome

By Ekaterina C

Sep 28, 2015

Very informative and dynamic! Loving it.

By Elyse M

May 03, 2020

This is an amazing, informative course.

By Jannat K

May 02, 2020

I liked it but I didn't get certificate