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HKUx: Epidemics | 流行病学

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 panel discussions with world leading experts in epidemics. 在这个免费在线课程中我们将探究流行病学原理,以及如何预防和控制流行病。除了有来自香港大学的传染病流行病学专家的讲座之外,还将与世界著名的流行病学专家进行专题讨论。
4 weeks
2–3 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule
This course is archived

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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 course covers these 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.

(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.

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。 课程包括下列四个主题: • 新型病原体如何产生 • 分析传染病的传播方式 • 预防和控制流行病的医学与公共卫生措施 • 专题讨论:具有丰富一线经验的公共卫生专家将针对控制传染病的风险沟通、危机管理、伦理学、公众信任等方面的问题予以讨论。

如果歷史是我們的向導,我們可以認為人類的智慧和意誌與微生物種驚人的適應性之間的鬥爭將永遠持續下去”(1) 盡管過去的幾十年間我們在科技領域取得了令人矚目的突破,可是傳染病对人類的威脅卻顯著增加。本課程將通過學習流行病學的基礎科學原理以及預防與控制流行病的公共衛生措施,對上述現象予以闡釋。 課程包括下列四個主題: • 新型病原體如何產生 • 分析傳染病的傳播方式 • 預防和控制流行病的醫學與公共衛生措施 專題討論:具有豐富一線經驗的公共衛生專家將針對控制傳染病的風險溝通、危機管理、倫理學、公眾信任等方面的問題予以討論

At a glance

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


  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English, 中文
  • Associated skills: Public Health, Infectious Diseases, Risk Management, Emerging Infectious Disease (EIDs), Allergology, Crisis Management, Adaptability, Epidemiology

What you'll learn

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  • 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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