Global Health and Infectious Diseases
This course will provide an overview of topics that are important for the understanding of global health from an infectious disease perspective. Students will be exposed to subjects ranging from the biological characteristics that increase the chance of a pathogen causing a pandemic, the basics of epidemiology of infectious disease transmission, One Health and the environment, public health preparedness, scientific communication before and during a pandemic, and international policy and response. Historic examples, scientific literature, and current news will be used to illustrate these topics. Students will have the opportunity to explore these aspects of infectious diseases in depth throughout the course through the development of a multi-part term paper on a selected infectious disease.