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Explore the science, prevention, and control of epidemics

Professional Certificate in
Epidemics-Origins, Spread, Control and Communication
HKUx

What you will 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.

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 online course, we will learn why this is the case by looking at the fundamental scientific principles underlying epidemics/pandemics and the global/public health actions behind their prevention and control in the 21st century. Explore the science, prevention and control of epidemics in this program. In addition to lectures by leading scientists in this field from HKU, this program will feature panel discussions on Ebola and Zika Outbreak, Anti-vaccination and more, with world leading experts in epidemics.

“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)

This program covers the following topics:

  • Origins of novel pathogens.
  • Analysis of the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Medical and public health countermeasures to prevent and control epidemics.
  • 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, including Ebola and Zika Outbreak, Anti-vaccination and more.
  • Supplementary modules on next generation informatics for combating epidemics.
  • Supplementary modules on SARS-COV-2 and COVID-19.

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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.

Expert instruction
4 skill-building courses
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
4 months
2 - 3 hours per week
Discounted price: $500.40
Pre-discounted price: $556USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. HKUx's Epidemics-Origins, Spread, Control and Communication Professional Certificate

  2. 2–3 hours per week, for 5 weeks

    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 first (origins of novel pathogens) of the four courses, covers these topics:

    • Epidemics: Past, Present and Future
    • Discussion on Ebola and Zika Outbreak, and Supplementary Module on NextGeneration Informatics for Global Health
    • Ecology, Evolution and Emergence of Infectious Diseases
    • Medical Detective: Bug Hunting in Epidemics
  3. 2–3 hours per week, for 3 weeks

    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 second (spread of infectious diseases) of the four courses, covers these topics:

    • Basic Concepts in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    • Epidemiologic Triangle: The Pathogen, The Host and The Environment
    • Evidence Synthesis
    • Infectious Disease Modelling
  4. 2–3 hours per week, for 5 weeks

    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 third (control of infectious diseases) of the four courses, covers these topics:

    • Disease Surveillance
    • Non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI)
    • Vaccination (Effectiveness, Trials, Safety, Impact on Populations, Vaccine Economics, Confidence and Hesitancy)
    • Panel Discussion on WHO’s Response to the Ebola Outbreak; and Anti-vaccination
  5. 2–3 hours per week, for 3 weeks

    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
    • Academia: Professor, Tutor, Researcher, Project Manager, etc.
    • Healthcare: Doctor, Nurse, Therapist, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Pharmacist, Manager, Research Scientist, etc.
    • Medical journalism: Journalist, Editor, etc.

Meet your instructors
from University of Hong Kong (HKUx)

Thomas Abraham
Honorary Associate Professor
The University of Hong Kong
Guan Yi
Professor
The University of Hong Kong
Tommy Lam
Assistant Professor
The University of Hong Kong
Maria Huachen Zhu
Associate Professor
The University of Hong Kong
Gabriel M. Leung
Professor
The University of Hong Kong
Malik Peiris
Professor
The University of Hong Kong
Kwok-Yung Yuen
Professor
The University of Hong Kong
Benjamin Cowling
Professor
The University of Hong Kong
Joseph Wu
Professor
The University of Hong Kong
Marc Lipsitch
Professor
Harvard University
Mark Jit
Professor
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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