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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 22, 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 11, 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 Nanpan R I

Jan 30, 2020

Very informative!

By Eric D

Dec 8, 2017

Excellent course!

By Ugly D

Jan 6, 2016

Fantastic Course!

By Aniebonam M K

Sep 6, 2020

Very good course

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Jul 14, 2020

fantastic course

By Drpiyush k

May 22, 2020

Excellent course

By Apoorva V

Mar 18, 2020

Excellent course

By José L C H

May 21, 2016

Excelent course!

By Ankita p

Feb 13, 2021

awesome course


May 16, 2020

Amazing course

By Dickson A

Aug 22, 2018

Great Course !

By Leandro N

Jul 24, 2020

Great course!

By Rosa

Jul 7, 2020

Great Course!

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By Kolby N

Aug 27, 2017

Great Course

By Daniel K

May 17, 2016

great course

By Malshi O G

Oct 11, 2019

Really good

By deuzuita b d m

Mar 6, 2016

it is good

By Sara K

Apr 28, 2017

Loved it!

By Lucas S f

Feb 3, 2016

very well

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Sep 1, 2015

very good

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