Informações sobre o curso
“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
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Beginner Level

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Clock

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Sugerido: 10 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
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English

Legendas: English, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified)
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cursos 100% online

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Beginner Level

Nível iniciante

Clock

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Sugerido: 10 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Legendas: English, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Theme One: Origins (Epidemics past, present and future)

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Reading
13 videos (Total 123 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
Video13 videos
Week 1 : Introduction0m
Video 1.1: Historic transitions and emergence of epidemic infections9m
Video 1.2: Why novel emerging infectious diseases continue to arise I9m
Video 1.3: Why novel emerging infectious diseases continue to arise II5m
Video 1.4: Why novel emerging infectious diseases continue to arise III10m
Panel discussion: How to prepare for the next epidemic?7m
Panel discussion: How to allocate our resources among our fights against different pathogens?5m
Panel discussion: Zika4m
Panel discussion: How should we channel our resources?5m
Panel discussion: Vaccines5m
Panel discussion: Antimicrobial resistance7m
Towards Digital Pathogen Surveillance: A very Bumpy, Winding Road46m
Reading7 readings
Where are you from?10m
Entrance survey10m
Getting Started10m
Technical issues10m
Initial thoughts10m
Week 1 Readings10m
Week 1 roundup10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
1.18m
1.28m
1.34m
1.48m

2

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Theme One: Origins (Emergence and ecology of infectious diseases)

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Reading
15 videos (Total 127 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
Video15 videos
Video 2.1: Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases8m
Video 2.2: Emerging infectious diseases at the human-animal interface8m
Video 2.3: Phylogenetics9m
Video 2.4: Emergence of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus in Asia10m
Video 2.5: Emergence of the H7N9 influenza A virus in China9m
Video 2.6: Swine Influenza and the 2009 Pandemic H1N16m
Panel discussion: EBOLA IN THE WIDER CONTEXT9m
Panel discussion: BORDER CONTROLS4m
Panel discussion: IS STOPPING BUSHMEAT THE ANSWER?5m
Panel discussion: HOW SHOULD WE USE EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS AND VACCINES?7m
Panel discussion: SHOULD WE CENTRALISE CARE AND ENFORCE LOCKDOWNS?6m
Panel discussion: WILL EBOLA BECOME AIRBORNE?3m
Panel discussion: WILL EBOLA BE BECOME A HUGE HUMAN PANDEMIC LIKE HIV?4m
Global Variation In Risk Of Influenza Virus Emergence32m
Reading2 readings
Week 2 Readings10m
Week 2 roundup10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
2.14m
2.24m
2.34m
2.44m
2.64m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Theme One: Origins (Medical Detective: Bug hunting in Epidemics)

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Reading
8 videos (Total 57 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Video 3.1: Discovery of a novel microbe: First suspicion4m
Video 3.2: Finding the cause of interstitial pneumonia3m
Video 3.3: The identification of the novel virus associated with this infectious pneumonia4m
Video 3.4: Proof of association & causation: Is SARS coronavirus really the cause of SARS?3m
Video 3.5: Control of emerging infections depends on: Control at the source6m
Video 3.6: Alert: coronavirus as the cause of emerging infectious diseases!5m
Using Genetic Data At Multiple Scales To Understand Constraints On Viral Evolution26m
Reading2 readings
Week 3 Reading10m
Week 3 roundup10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
3.44m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Theme Two: Spread (Infectious disease epidemiology)

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Reading
7 videos (Total 45 min), 3 readings, 6 quizzes
Video7 videos
Video 4.1: The basics8m
Video 4.2: Epidemic curve7m
Video 4.3: Incubation period7m
Video 4.4: Transmissibility of communicable diseases7m
Video 4.5: Timescale of disease transmission5m
Video 4.6: Severity of infectious disease7m
Reading3 readings
Initial thoughts10m
Week 4 Readings10m
Week 4 roundup10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
4.14m
4.24m
4.34m
4.44m
4.54m
4.64m

5

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Theme Two: Spread (Epidemiological triangle)

Theme One descriptions...
Reading
9 videos (Total 83 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
Video9 videos
Video 5.1: Epidemiologic Triangle1m
Video 5.2: The Pathogen: The effects of dose and pathogen genetics5m
Video 5.3: The Pathogen: Evolution9m
Video 5.4: The Host: Overview5m
Video 5.5: The Host: Age7m
Video 5.6: The Host: Sexual mixing4m
Video 5.7: The Environment7m
Influenza Immunity And Transmission In Time, Age and Space41m
Reading2 readings
Week 5 Readings10m
Week 5 roundup10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
5.24m
5.34m
5.54m
5.74m

6

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Theme Two: Spread (Infectious disease modeling)

Theme Two Summary...
Reading
5 videos (Total 64 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
Video 6.1: Infectious Disease Modelling9m
Video 6.2: Evidence Synthesis9m
Video 6.3: Uncertainty in Modeling10m
Precision Public Health33m
Reading2 readings
Week 6 Readings10m
Week 6 roundup10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
6.14m
6.24m
6.34m

7

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Theme Three: Control (Disease surveillance)

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Reading
7 videos (Total 69 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
Video7 videos
Week 7.1: Disease surveillance - Overview4m
Week 7.2: Emerging infections and outbreak detection4m
Week 7.3: Syndromic surveillance8m
Week 7.4: Serologic surveillance7m
Week 7.5: Surveillance - Evaluation of control measures7m
Harnessing Multinational Data Sources In Global Models To Inform Vaccine Policy34m
Reading3 readings
Initial thoughts10m
Week 7 Readings10m
Week 7 roundup10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
7.14m
7.24m
7.34m
7.44m

8

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Theme Three: Control (Non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI))

Theme Three Summary...
Reading
15 videos (Total 126 min), 2 readings, 7 quizzes
Video15 videos
Week 8.1: Non-pharmaceutical interventions overview and John Snow4m
Week 8.2: Control of Cholera8m
Week 8.3: Hygiene and other personal interventions6m
Video 8.4: Isolation and quarantine and contact tracing6m
Video 8.5: School closure7m
Video 8.6: International measures including travel restrictions and entry screening4m
Video 8.7: Zoonoses - market closure6m
Panel discussion: The Stocking Report12m
Panel discussion: Outbreak Alert and Emergency Response10m
Panel discussion: WHO Preparedness Centres7m
Panel discussion: Ebola Vaccine8m
Panel discussion: Health System Infrastructure13m
Panel discussion: Lessons Learned15m
Panel discussion: Communication Strategy11m
Reading2 readings
Week 8 Readings10m
Week 8 roundup10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
8.14m
8.24m
8.34m
8.44m
8.54m
8.64m
8.74m

9

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Theme Three: Control (Vaccination)

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Reading
18 videos (Total 144 min), 2 readings, 10 quizzes
Video18 videos
Video 9.1: Brief history and current issues3m
Video 9.2: How vaccines work4m
Video 9.3: Herd immunity and other indirect benefit8m
Video 9.4: How to measure vaccine effect5m
Video 9.5: Vaccine Trials4m
Video 9.6: Safety4m
Video 9.7: Influenza vaccines3m
Video 9.8: Measuring vaccine impact on populations5m
Video 9.9: Vaccine economics4m
Video 9.10: Introducing a new vaccine4m
Panel discussion: The State of Vaccine Confidence14m
Panel discussion: Vaccine Confidence and Hesitancy10m
Panel discussion: Trust15m
Panel discussion: Measles Vaccine6m
Panel discussion: Experimental Vaccines: Ebola7m
Panel discussion: Vaccination: a basic health right?4m
Digital Health & Epidemiology35m
Reading2 readings
Week 9 Readings10m
Week 9 roundup10m
Quiz10 practice exercises
9.14m
9.24m
9.34m
9.44m
9.54m
9.64m
9.74m
9.84m
9.94m
9.104m

10

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Theme Four: Communication (Communicating disease risk)

Theme Four Summary...
Reading
8 videos (Total 65 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Video 10.1: Risk communication in disease outbreaks2m
Video 10.2: Communicating infectious diseases7m
Video 10.3: Why doesn't the public follow health advice?4m
Video 10.4: Perceptions of risk and the idea of risk communication8m
Video 10.5: Perceptions of risk7m
Video 10.6: Risk communication6m
From Disease Tracking To Disease Understanding Using Internet Data27m
Reading4 readings
Week 10 Readings10m
Week 10 roundup10m
Farewell Message10m
Exit survey10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
10.28m
10.44m

Instructors

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Joseph T. Wu (HKU)

Associate Professor
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Tommy Lam (HKU)

Assistant Professor
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Maria Huachen Zhu (HKU)

Associate Professor
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Guan Yi (HKU)

Chair Professor
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Thomas Abraham (HKU)

Associate Professor
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Malik Peiris (HKU)

Chair Professor

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