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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 Lilly N

Aug 19, 2017

Really enjoyed this course & learned a lot!

By Cecilia B

Jun 14, 2019

SO interesting!! And a easily way to learn

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By Johanna H

Dec 10, 2016

Useful. Scary. Enjoyable. Clarifies a lot.

By Lisa O

Dec 1, 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 2, 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 3, 2020

This is an amazing, informative course.

By Jannat K

May 2, 2020

I liked it but I didn't get certificate

By Steve R

Apr 23, 2020

Timely and very well presented science.

By Janzu S A

May 5, 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 Ken 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 Max L

Sep 19, 2020

now i know why coronavirus is scary

By Prince M

Sep 13, 2021

best course about disease dynamics

By Zobayda N

Sep 17, 2020

Great course for research purposes

By Joseph C

Jul 17, 2019

Very interesting, and lots of fun!

By Mariam A

May 17, 2021

thank you so much for this course

By Illana C

Apr 9, 2021

Excelente! Super indico a todos!

By Syeda S Z

May 12, 2020

Very informative and interesting