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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 Angelo A P L

Jul 22, 2020

Excellent course, good information and excellent instructors.

By Elizabeth A

Jan 23, 2016

Absolutely amazing course. Great work! I really enjoyed it.

By David E M E

Sep 7, 2018

Really good course. It give me the basis for epidemic área

By Andreas K

Mar 11, 2020

Very interesting for people a bit further from the topic.

By Gabriela N

Jul 3, 2016

Well done, easy-to-understand and explained in a way that

By Sofya P

Feb 22, 2021

Great course! Interesting, fascinating and informative.

By Geoffrey H

Apr 1, 2020

Easy format to learn and very relevant to today's issues

By Omar A

Jan 7, 2016

A very informative and well made course. A big thanks :)

By Davydova V V

Feb 7, 2021

Спасибо большое разработчикам за такой интересный курс!

By Jackeline N

May 21, 2017

Very useful information delivered in a instigating way!

By Nastassja F B A

Mar 29, 2016

The course was taught in a simple and effective manner.

By basem m s

Nov 16, 2015

very very interesting course.

i can't wait finishing it.

By Scott56

Aug 19, 2015

This is the best epidemiology course I have ever taken.

By Angélica E

Jul 7, 2020

Excelente curso!! muy dinamito, datos muy interesantes

By Teo C Y

Jun 20, 2016

Interesting, informative and easy to understand. Good!

By Virginia F

Jan 18, 2021

Very good course. The Faculty members are excellent.

By Catherine L

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 12, 2020

I loved the layout, content, and animations of th

By Uener R d S

Jun 3, 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 8, 2015

Excellently presented by interesting lecturers.