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Outbreaks and Epidemics

Professional epidemiologists are often called on to investigate outbreaks and epidemics. This course serves as an introduction to the essentials of investiga...
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Platform: Coursera
Video: 2h 50m
Language: English

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Description

Professional epidemiologists are often called on to investigate outbreaks and epidemics. This course serves as an introduction to the essentials of investigation, identifying pathogens, figuring out what’s going on, reporting, and responding. You’ll learn how to ask precise epidemiologic questions and apply epidemiologic tools to uncover the answers. You’ll also learn about basic epidemic dynamics and the terrible law that cause them to grow, as well as the reasons why they recede and eventually go away. The course concludes with deep dives into some real outbreaks from Ebola, in West Africa, to the opioid epidemic in the United States.

You will learn

✓ Apply methods to weigh evidence and calculate measures
✓ Discuss outbreaks and the key epidemiologic tools used during investigation
✓ Apply basic epidemic dynamics to the analysis of outbreaks

Requirements

There is no prerequisite, anyone can begin this course.. This course is also great for beginners without any Public Health knowledge.

This course is for

This course is suitable for beginners.

How much does the Outbreaks and Epidemics course cost? Is it worth it?

Access to most course materials is FREE in audit mode on Coursera. If you wish to earn a certificate and access graded assignments, you must purchase the certificate experience during or after your audit.

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Does the Outbreaks and Epidemics course have a money back guarantee or refund policy?

Coursera offers a 7-day free trial for subscribers.

Are there any SCHOLARSHIPS for this course?

YES, you can get a scholarship or Financial Aid for Coursera courses. The first step is to fill out an application about your educational background, career goals, and financial circumstances. Learn more about financial aid on Coursera.

Who is the instructor? Is Justin Lessler, PhD, MS a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

Justin Lessler, PhD, MS has created 3 courses that got 124 reviews which are generally positive. Justin Lessler, PhD, MS has taught 177776 students and received a 4.71 average review out of 124 reviews. Depending on the information available, Justin Lessler, PhD, MS is a TRUSTED instructor.
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
The major focus of my research is the development and application of statistics, dynamic models and novel study designs to better understand and control infectious disease. In particular, I am interested in creating synergies between infection control practice, data collection and infectious disease dynamics. Exemplary of this goal, my collaborators and I have developed methods to estimate the distribution of incubation periods for an infectious disease using coarse data, applied these methods to develop the best available estimates for a number of viruses, and showed how these estimates can be used to improve infection control practice. My current research projects include work on the transmission dynamics of influenza in southern China, and the most effective use of vaccine in the control of measles and cholera. I am a member of the Infectious Disease Dynamics group.

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Platform: Coursera
Video: 2h 50m
Language: English

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