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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.


Apr 12, 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 .

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By Janzu S A

May 05, 2017

Very good general vision of epidemics!

By John I

Jul 28, 2020

Brilliant and so timely! More please!

By Aniket K

May 16, 2020

Very helpful and informative course!!!

By Kenneth L J J

Feb 13, 2019

This was a really well taught coURSE!

By Gianguglielmo Z

Jun 12, 2018

Very very good course and very useful

By Bhagwan D A

Feb 15, 2017

Another good course on Epidemiology!

By Wong W L V

Sep 19, 2020

now i know why coronavirus is scary

By Zobayda N

Sep 17, 2020

Great course for research purposes

By Joseph C

Jul 17, 2019

Very interesting, and lots of fun!

By Syeda S Z

May 12, 2020

Very informative and interesting

By Carol H

Jun 06, 2020

Very informative and well-done.

By Ajao A A

Apr 30, 2020

The course is very interesting

By Sebastián G L S

Nov 04, 2015

Extremely interesting course!

By Robert M

May 14, 2020

excellent entry level course

By Margie W

Apr 23, 2020

Great info. Well-presented.

By Seta J

Jan 21, 2016

Great course! Learned a lot!

By 차정민

Aug 30, 2015

It is the most needed class.

By Tatiana P

Apr 26, 2020

my favorite course so far.

By Angie P f s

Feb 04, 2020

Excellent course , thanks

By Kateryn E

Aug 24, 2017

Very interesting course.


Apr 05, 2017

neat course by nice team

By Kesmic A J

Jun 13, 2016

This was a great course!

By Abhishek

Mar 11, 2016

Very informative course.

By Paulo G M L

Oct 14, 2020

Pretty good course !!!!

By Daniel V

Aug 29, 2020

the course is very good