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Epidemics IV

Explore the science, prevention and control of epidemics in this free online course. In addition to lectures by leading scientists in this field from HKU, this course will feature a supplementary module on COVID-19 and panel discussions with world-leading experts in epidemics.

This is the last (communication of infectious diseases) of the four courses, covers these topics:

  • Risk Communication in Disease Outbreaks
  • Communicating Infectious Diseases

There is one session available:

After a course session ends, it will be archived.
Starts Oct 22
Estimated 3 weeks
2–3 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
Free
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About this course

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“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 is the last (communication of infectious diseases) of the four courses, covers these topics:

  • Risk Communication in Disease Outbreaks
  • Communicating Infectious Diseases

如果历史是我们的向导,我们可以认为人类的智慧和意志与微生物种惊人的适应性之间的斗争将永远持续下去。”(1)

尽管过去的几十年间我们在科技领域取得了令人瞩目的突破,可是传染病对人类的威胁却显著增加。本课程将通过学习流行病学的基础科学原理以及预防与控制流行病的公共卫生措施,对上述现象予以阐释。

这是四個课程中的最后一个(傳染病的传播), 涵盖以下主题:

  • 疾病暴发中的风险传播
  • 傳染病的传播

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(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.

At a glance

  • Institution: HKUx
  • Subject: Medicine
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    None.

What you'll learn

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  • Risk Communication in Disease Outbreaks
  • Communicating Infectious Diseases
  • Why Doesn't Public Follow Health Advice
  • Perceptions of Risk and The Idea of Risk Communication
  • 疾病暴发中的风险传播
  • 傳染病的传播
  • 为什么公众不遵循健康建议
  • 风险认知与风险传播理念

Week 1: Communication (Communicating Disease Risk)

  • Risk Communication in Disease Outbreaks
  • Communicating Infectious Diseases
  • Why Doesn't Public Follow Health Advice

Week 2: Communication (Communicating Disease Risk) cont.

  • Perceptions of Risk and The Idea of Risk Communication
  • Perceptions of Risk
  • Risk Communication

Week 3: Supplementary Module on Next Generation Informatics for Global Health

  • From Disease Tracking to Disease Understanding Using Internet Data

About the instructors

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