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Approx. 10 hours to complete

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What you will learn

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    Explain how disease is studied.

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    Describe what happens during a disease cluster investigation.

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    Assess the two main parameters of a disease cluster investigation: time and space.

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    Explain challenges in studying disease clusters, including why they often yield inconclusive results.

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

No specific background required!

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 3 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction and What is Disease?

Welcome! We're excited to lay out the rationale behind this course and begin to talk about disease and it's study....
3 videos (Total 43 min)
3 videos
What is Disease and What is a Disease Cluster?13m
Case Study: Cholera in London10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

How is Disease Studied

Now we dive into the study of disease, looking at how we can break things down by place and over time. . . with a special focus on unusual disease events. The five question quiz asks about what we've covered up to that point....
4 videos (Total 50 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Case Study 2: Breast Cancer in Cape Cod9m
Unusual or “Sentinel” Events: Another Strategy for Health Detective10m
Case Study 3: The Spanish Toxic Oil Event10m
1 practice exercise
130m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Approaches to Possible Clusters

How do people working in health departments handle disease cluster investigations? Who else is involved? Module 3 starts off with some videos and a discussion. We look forward to engaging with you! At the end of the module, a quiz asks about material covered since your last quiz....
3 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
Other Considerations11m
Who Does What during a Disease Cluster Investigation?8m
1 reading
Directions for Discussion Forum10m
1 practice exercise
2
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Why Are These Investigations Often Unsuccessful? (Suzanne Condon)

As we've mentioned, the tools available to public health often don't lead to the answers for which a community hoped. This module covers some of the reasons for that. Your final quiz asks about material presented in Module 4....
4 videos (Total 39 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Case Study: Childhood Leukemia in Woburn, MA11m
Case Study: Sarcoma in Ashland, MA9m
Tracking Disease10m
1 practice exercise
3

Instructors

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Dr. Megan Weil Latshaw, PhD

Co-Director of the Masters Programs in Environmental Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Dr. Ellen Silbergeld

Professor
Environmental Health and Engineering

About Johns Hopkins University

The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world....

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