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Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 10 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified)
100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 10 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Theme One: Origins (Epidemics past, present and future)

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Reading
13 videos (Total 123 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
Video13 videos
Week 1 : Introduction55s
Video 1.1: Historic transitions and emergence of epidemic infections9m
Video 1.2: Why novel emerging infectious diseases continue to arise I9m
Video 1.3: Why novel emerging infectious diseases continue to arise II5m
Video 1.4: Why novel emerging infectious diseases continue to arise III10m
Panel discussion: How to prepare for the next epidemic?7m
Panel discussion: How to allocate our resources among our fights against different pathogens?5m
Panel discussion: Zika4m
Panel discussion: How should we channel our resources?5m
Panel discussion: Vaccines5m
Panel discussion: Antimicrobial resistance7m
Towards Digital Pathogen Surveillance: A very Bumpy, Winding Road46m
Reading7 readings
Where are you from?10m
Entrance survey10m
Getting Started10m
Technical issues10m
Initial thoughts10m
Week 1 Readings10m
Week 1 roundup10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
1.18m
1.28m
1.34m
1.48m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Theme One: Origins (Emergence and ecology of infectious diseases)

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Reading
15 videos (Total 127 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
Video15 videos
Video 2.1: Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases8m
Video 2.2: Emerging infectious diseases at the human-animal interface8m
Video 2.3: Phylogenetics9m
Video 2.4: Emergence of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus in Asia10m
Video 2.5: Emergence of the H7N9 influenza A virus in China9m
Video 2.6: Swine Influenza and the 2009 Pandemic H1N16m
Panel discussion: EBOLA IN THE WIDER CONTEXT9m
Panel discussion: BORDER CONTROLS4m
Panel discussion: IS STOPPING BUSHMEAT THE ANSWER?5m
Panel discussion: HOW SHOULD WE USE EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS AND VACCINES?7m
Panel discussion: SHOULD WE CENTRALISE CARE AND ENFORCE LOCKDOWNS?6m
Panel discussion: WILL EBOLA BECOME AIRBORNE?3m
Panel discussion: WILL EBOLA BE BECOME A HUGE HUMAN PANDEMIC LIKE HIV?4m
Global Variation In Risk Of Influenza Virus Emergence32m
Reading2 readings
Week 2 Readings10m
Week 2 roundup10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
2.14m
2.24m
2.34m
2.44m
2.64m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Theme One: Origins (Medical Detective: Bug hunting in Epidemics)

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Reading
8 videos (Total 57 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Video 3.1: Discovery of a novel microbe: First suspicion4m
Video 3.2: Finding the cause of interstitial pneumonia3m
Video 3.3: The identification of the novel virus associated with this infectious pneumonia4m
Video 3.4: Proof of association & causation: Is SARS coronavirus really the cause of SARS?3m
Video 3.5: Control of emerging infections depends on: Control at the source6m
Video 3.6: Alert: coronavirus as the cause of emerging infectious diseases!5m
Using Genetic Data At Multiple Scales To Understand Constraints On Viral Evolution26m
Reading2 readings
Week 3 Reading10m
Week 3 roundup10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
3.44m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Theme Two: Spread (Infectious disease epidemiology)

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Reading
7 videos (Total 45 min), 3 readings, 6 quizzes
Video7 videos
Video 4.1: The basics8m
Video 4.2: Epidemic curve7m
Video 4.3: Incubation period7m
Video 4.4: Transmissibility of communicable diseases7m
Video 4.5: Timescale of disease transmission5m
Video 4.6: Severity of infectious disease7m
Reading3 readings
Initial thoughts10m
Week 4 Readings10m
Week 4 roundup10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
4.14m
4.24m
4.34m
4.44m
4.54m
4.64m

Instructors

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Gabriel M. Leung (HKU)

Dean
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
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Joseph T. Wu (HKU)

Associate Professor
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
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Kwok-Yung Yuen (HKU)

Professor
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
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Tommy Lam (HKU)

Assistant Professor
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
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Maria Huachen Zhu (HKU)

Associate Professor
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
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Guan Yi (HKU)

Chair Professor
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
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Benjamin Cowling (HKU)

Professor
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
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Thomas Abraham (HKU)

Associate Professor
Journalism and Media Studies Centre
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Mark Jit (LSHTM)

Professor
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
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Malik Peiris (HKU)

Chair Professor
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
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Marc Lipsitch (Harvard)

Professor
Department of Epidemiology

About The University of Hong Kong

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