What can we do to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases from becoming epidemics or pandemic? In this course, you’ll learn the facts about infectious diseases and medical responses. We’ll focus on the public health laws and policies that provide the framework for effective prevention, like quarantine laws, drug development policies, and bioterrorism and biodefense.
Week One: Introduction. This week’s lesson will bring you up to speed on the essential facts about disease outbreaks and the framework for fighting them, so that you will be prepared to delve into these issues in depth in the following weeks.
Week Two: Understanding Infectious Diseases. This week, you will learn about infectious diseases and how they spread.
Week Three: Global Health Security. Disease outbreaks anywhere in the world can have global implications, so our preparedness and response to them must be global as well. During this week’s lesson, we will cover the legal and policy frameworks for international cooperation on health security.
Week Four: Local Countermeasures. These diseases may be global, but ultimately they have to be fought locally, one victim and one community at a time. This week’s topic is the law and policy shaping local interventions in the United States. While we use the U.S. as our example, similar issues will arise anywhere in the world that an outbreak occurs.