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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Epidemics by The University of Hong Kong

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39 reviews

About the Course

“If history is our guide, we can assume that the battle between the intellect and will of the human species and the extraordinary adaptability of microbes will be never-ending.” (1) Despite all the remarkable technological breakthroughs that we have made over the past few decades, the threat from infectious diseases has significantly accelerated. In this course, we will learn why this is the case by looking at the fundamental scientific principles underlying epidemics and the public health actions behind their prevention and control in the 21st century. This course covers the following four topics: 1. Origins of novel pathogens; 2. Analysis of the spread of infectious diseases; 3. Medical and public health countermeasures to prevent and control epidemics; 4. Panel discussions involving leading public health experts with deep frontline experiences to share their views on risk communication, crisis management, ethics and public trust in the context of infectious disease control. In addition to the original introductory sessions on epidemics, we revamped the course by adding: - new panel discussions with world-leading experts; and - supplementary modules on next generation informatics for combating epidemics. -------------------------------------------------------- (1) Fauci AS, Touchette NA, Folkers GK. Emerging Infectious Diseases: a 10-Year Perspective from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Emerg Infect Dis 2005 Apr; 11(4):519-25. What you'll learn - Demonstrate knowledge of the origins, spread and control of infectious disease epidemics - Demonstrate understanding of the importance of effective communication about epidemics - Demonstrate understanding of key contemporary issues relating to epidemics from a global perspective...

Top reviews

Apr 12, 2020

A very nice, dynamic approach to the topic with communications of experts on the field. A good, stimulating coverage of the themes without dispersal.

Feb 2, 2021

Possibly the most timely course I've taken with the current state of the Covid-19 epidemic. Very well presented by excellent instructors.

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By Ethel C

May 24, 2020

I learned a lot from this course

By Winston A W

Jun 29, 2020

Excellent course, thank you.


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By Leandro N

Jul 24, 2020

Course very interesting!

By Oscar A

Jun 12, 2021

Excellent course

By Massimo T

May 4, 2020

Very interesting

By Jorge A M R

Jan 9, 2021


By Akhila G

May 3, 2020

very good

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By Stefania D

Aug 9, 2020

A very good overview on the whole, complex and evolving field of epidemics. I wish an update will be available soon, given the recent COVID-19 pandemic.