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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Week 1: Introduction

Welcome to Week One! This week’s lesson immerses you in the world of epidemics, pandemics and outbreaks and our efforts to prevent and respond to them. It will prepare you to engage in depth with the lessons that are coming up in weeks 2-4: "Understanding Infectious Diseases," "Global Health Security," and "Local Countermeasures."...
13 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
13 videos
Week 1 Video 1: What Are Epidemics, Pandemics & Outbreaks?7m
Week 1 Video 2: Why Epidemics Happen9m
Week 1 Video 3: How Do We Respond?5m
Week 1 Video 4: Who is Responding?4m
Week 1 Video 5: What’s Law Got to Do With It?5m
If an Outbreak Occurs What are the Roles of the State and Federal Governments in Stopping it?1m
Why Did Some States Impose Quarantines in the 2014 Ebola Outbreak While Other States Didn't?1m
What Role Does Advocacy Play in Funding?52s
What Role Does the Biological Weapons Convention Play?58s
What is an Emergency Use Authorization for a Drug or Vaccine?26s
What is the Role of Public Education in Containing an Outbreak?31s
What Effect do Outbreaks Have on Funding Priorities?1m
2 readings
Hot Topics for Advanced Instruction: Vaccination Rates and Outbreaks10m
Additional Resources10m
5 practice exercises
Week 1: Quiz 114m
Week 1: Quiz 214m
Week 1: Quiz 38m
Week 1: Quiz 48m
Week 1: Quiz 56m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Week 2: Understanding Infectious Diseases

Welcome to Week Two! This week’s lesson provides you with the tools needed to understand the world of infectious disease. It will allow you to develop a context of knowledge and familiarity with the concepts that inform legal and public health response strategies to outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics. What you learn here will be drawn upon in weeks 3-4: “Global Health Security” and “Local Countermeasures.” ...
23 videos (Total 63 min), 3 quizzes
23 videos
Week 2 Video 1: What causes infection? What is an infectious disease?11m
Week 2 Video 2: How do infections spread?4m
Week 2 Video 3: Influenza and Vaccines4m
Week 2 Video 4: The Story of Typhoid Mary3m
Week 2 Video 5: Ebola5m
Week 2 Video 6: Leprosy and Tuberculosis6m
Hot Topics for Advanced Instruction: Week 2 Video 7: Biosecurity and Bioterrorism8m
What is antibiotic resistance?1m
What is the threat posed by antibiotic resistant bacteria?53s
Is Overuse of Antibiotics Causing Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?50s
What are we Doing to Reduce Overuse Antibiotics?2m
What about Developing new Antibiotics?32s
What Effect is Globalization Having on the Problem of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?51s
What Kinds of Biosafety Gear do Reasearchers Use When They're Working with Dangerous Viruses and Bacteria in the Lab?1m
How Does the Federal Government Promote Research and Development of New Drugs and Vaccines?2m
What is the Animal Rule?1m
How Were Researchers Able to Produce an Experimental Vaccine Within a Few Months of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak?23s
Could We Produce Enough Vaccine for a Pandemic Flu?54s
Why Should Healthy People Get Vaccinated for The Flu or Other Diseases?40s
Why are We Seeing Resurgence of Old Diseases for Which We Have Vaccines Like Measles?1m
What Are Some of the Obstacles to Increasing Our Vaccination Rates?57s
Are Vaccinations Important in a Pandemic?51s
3 practice exercises
Week 2: Quiz 16m
Week 2: Quiz 26m
Week 2: Quiz 34m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Week 3: Global Health Security

Welcome to Week 3! Now that you are more familiar with the nature and history of infectious disease, consider the following quote from Natalie Angier, American nonfiction writer and a science journalist for The New York Times: “Today, diseases as common as the cold and as rare as Ebola are circling the globe with near telephonic speed, making long-distance connections and intercontinental infections almost as if by satellite. You needn't even bother to reach out and touch someone. If you live, if you're homeothermic biomass, you will be reached and touched. Microbes are, after all, members of the most ancient, zealous and Darwinically gilded 24-7 delivery consortium. They travel by land, sea, air, nose, blows, glove, love, sewage, steerage, rat backs, hat racks, uncooked burritos, overlooked mosquitoes. And, oh, how they love the global village.” Indeed, the same forces of globalization that have lowered barriers to global communication, travel, and commerce have amplified the ability for infectious diseases to spread internationally. In many ways, defense against this common threat is only as strong as each nation’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, and the collective ability of the international community to coordinate these capacities multilaterally....
11 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
11 videos
Week 3 Video 1: Globalization and Pandemic Threats1m
Week 3 Video 2: Legal Frameworks to Build National Capacity Globally to Combat Infectious Diseases with Pandemic Potential2m
Week 3 Video 3: The WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework1m
Why Don't Most Countries Make or Use Biological Weapons?58s
What is the Dual Use Research of Concern in the Biological Weapons Context?29s
What are Some of the Ways the United States Protects Itself Against Bioterrorism?2m
Do These Biodefense Programs Protect us Against Pandemics in Addition to Bioterrorism?58s
How do We Decide Which Bioterrorism Threats to Prepare For?48s
How Does Biowatch Detect Bioterrorism Attacks?33s
How is Biodefense Funded?22s
1 reading
Hot Topics for Advanced Instruction: The Economics of Developing Emergency Medical Countermeasures10m
3 practice exercises
Week 3: Quiz 16m
Week 3: Quiz 210m
Week 3: Quiz 36m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Week 4: Local Countermeasures

Welcome to Week Four! This week’s lesson introduces you to the legal interventions available to state and local public health practitioners to combat epidemics, pandemics and outbreaks. In addition to the law, we will look at some of the ethical and practical issues associated with disease reporting requirements, the effect of a declaration of an emergency, travel restrictions, quarantine and isolation. ...
8 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
8 videos
Week 4 Video 1: What is public health and public health law?3m
Week 4 Video 2: What Authority Does the Government Have to Enact Laws Pertaining to Epidemics, Outbreaks and Pandemics?6m
Week 4 Video 3: What legal Interventions Can be Used to Fight Infectious Disease?9m
Week 4 Video 4: Isolation and Quarantine15m
Why Do We Need International Laws And Policies?35s
What Role do the International Health Regulations Play?55s
What is the New Global Health Security Agenda?50s
1 reading
Hot Topic for Advanced Instruction: Constitutional Considerations and Ethical Implications of Mandatory Vaccination Requirements10m
4 practice exercises
Week 4: Quiz 16m
Week 4: Quiz 210m
Week 4: Quiz 310m
Week 4: Quiz 410m
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Top Reviews

By DADec 8th 2015

Excellent course! Concise and very different from other Epidemiology-type courses. Videos short yet very informative. VERY ENGAGING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

By AMJun 12th 2018

It was an exceptionally very educative course,which was presented with modern day case studies and activities. Good Stuff!!!!!!!!!!

Instructors

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Elena A. Baylis

Associate Professor
Law
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Elizabeth Ferrell Bjerke, JD

Director, JD/MPH Program
Health Policy and Management
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Amesh A. Adalja, MD, FACP

Senior Associate
UPMC Center for Health Security
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Ryan Morhard

Guest Instructor

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