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Epidemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases


Recently, the world faced several epidemics and emerging infectious diseases. The list includes: Zika, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), chikungunya, avian influenza, cholera, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, diphtheria, and many others. The emergence and rapid transmission of high-threat pathogen diseases have increased due to unrest and internal displacement, refugees, low access to basic health care services and environmental infrastructure, rapid urbanization, climate change, and weak response and surveillance.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. List infectious diseases with epidemic potentiality
  2. State the case definition of diseases of public health importance
  3. Identify the disease specific agent, reservoir, and susceptible human host
  4. Describe the transmission dynamics
  5. Review the life cycle of epidemic diseases of global concern
  6. Estimate the impact of epidemics and analyze their determinants
  7. Assess the readiness of countries and communities to deal with epidemics
  8. Assess the implementation of IHR 2005 at different levels
  9. List the recommended control methods and assess the possibility of elimination or eradication

Course Outline

  1. Risk of infectious diseases with epidemic potentiality
  2. Zika
  3. Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)/ CoV
  4. Avian influenza
  5. Chikungunya
  6. Cholera
  7. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 18 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.