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What you will learn

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    history and goals of the IHR,

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    rights and obligations of the States Parties and the WHO within the IHR;

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    IHR achievements, strengths, weaknesses and challenges after more than 10 years of its implementation

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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction and course outline

The main objective of this Module is to explore the reasons behind the creation of this MOOC, its structure and the main topics covered. Using several real-world examples this Module introduces the main facets of the International Health Regulations (IHR) and controversies around it, and also presents the factors that motivated the countries to come together for the first time to discuss the issues of international public health, and the resulting documents that would later give birth to the first ever IHR.

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2 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Historic perspectives. IHR Articles & Procedures

This Module presents the content of the 2005 revision of the IHR and the main factors that led to the need for this revision, such as major societal changes, globalization and expansion of travel and international exchanges of people, leading to emergence and re-emergence of health threats. This Module also walks the student through the IHR text and outlines its main elements: definitions, main principles and goals, as well as the mechanisms of assessment and notification of health events of potential concern.

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7 videos (Total 53 min), 7 readings, 7 quizzes
7 videos
National Core Capacities Required for Surveillance and Response (Annex 1) - Prof. Stéphanie Dagron6m
Event notification and communication with the WHO (Annex 2) - Prof. Stéphanie Dagron5m
Role of the WHO in the IHR implementation - Prof. Stéphanie Dagron6m
Institutional arrangements around the IHR - Prof. Stéphanie Dagron7m
7 readings
Reading list40m
Reading list25m
Reading list20m
Reading list35m
Reading list20m
Reading list20m
Reading list20m
7 practice exercises
Creation and evolution of the IHR3m
Principles and goals of the IHR3m
National core capacities3m
Event notification3m
Declaration of a PHEIC3m
Institutional arrangements around the IHR6m
Graded quiz for Module 230m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Intersectorality of the IHR - Part 1. Health threats covered by the IHR

This and the following Module provide an introduction to the complex interconnectedness of public health, and the IHR specifically, with other sectors. More precisely, Module 3 focuses on the linkage between human health and animal health and possible future health threats. Students will get familiar with examples of situations in which the IHR has come into action to limit the effects of a health hazard, such as Zika virus, SARS or Ebola epidemics that were declared as public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC), along with the H1N1 outbreak.

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5 videos (Total 37 min), 6 readings, 6 quizzes
6 readings
MOOC "Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface"10m
Reading list20m
Reading list40m
Reading list40m
Reading list40m
Reading list40m
6 practice exercises
Human-animal-ecosystem interconnection3m
Zika virus6m
Climate change and vectors9m
SARS epidemic3m
Ebola lessons3m
Graded quiz for Module 330m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

Intersectorality of the IHR - Part 2. Mobility, trade and national security

Further exploring the aspect of intersectorality of the IHR, this Module will examine the effects that a public health event can potentially have on the global economy, travel and trade. It will define basic, additional and excessive public health measures that can be applied in case of an international health emergency, as well as specific documents that are necessary to ensure safety in international traffic and trade. This Module will also introduce the students to the issue of national security in the context of practical application of the IHR.

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7 videos (Total 43 min), 6 readings, 7 quizzes
7 videos
Health documents in international traffic - Gilles Poumerol3m
Obligations of WHO and other entities - Gilles Poumerol4m
Economic considerations - Vanessa Candeias8m
National security and other considerations - Dr. Guénaël Rodier8m
6 readings
Reading list40m
Reading list30m
Reading list20m
Reading list30m
Reading list40m
Reading list20m
7 practice exercises
Points of Entry (PoEs)6m
Public health measures in mobility and trade3m
Health documents in international traffic3m
Obligations of WHO and other entities6m
Economic costs of epidemics3m
National security3m
Graded quiz for Module 430m

Instructors

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Antoine Flahault

Professor of Public Health and Director of the Institute of Global Health (Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva) and co-Director of Centre Virchow-Villermé (Université Paris Descartes)
University of Geneva and Université Paris Descartes – Sorbonne Paris Cité
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Aude Richard

Scientific coordinator
Institute of Global Health - University of Geneva
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Alexandra Egorova

Scientific coordinator
Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva
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Gilles Poumerol

Public Health consultant, Associate Fellow
Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

About University of Geneva

Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is one of Europe's leading universities. Devoted to research, education and dialogue, the UNIGE shares the international calling of its host city, Geneva, a centre of international and multicultural activities with a venerable cosmopolitan tradition....

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