Ebola, HIV, Zika and malaria, SARS, Flu, Lime and other tick borne illnesses are all examples of zoonotic infectious diseases that originate in animals and can jump to infect humans. As new infectious diseases are discovered they become relevant to our media and social networks. Where do they come from? What can we do to stop the transmission? Is it safe to travel?
This course will discuss a multitude of diseases and focus on public health interventions that have been used to control infectious disease. Specific emphasis will be given to Ebola containment efforts and vaccination. An infectious disease researcher has many tools at their disposal to analyze, predict and impact the spread of disease. This course will teach students the basics of data analysis including how to conduct mathematical modeling with the statistical language, R, a highly relevant and useful programming language.
Throughout this course students will be expected to complete daily readings, which will be discussed in a seminar format and through lecture topics. Students will also complete an academic project on a current emerging zoonotic infectious disease of their choice, with guidance from the instructor. In these presentations, students will discuss a public health intervention that they design and use modeling techniques to prove that their intervention will be effective.
Students will be able to (SWBAT):
…Give a professional presentation about a proposed health intervention for a disease of their choice and a relevant health intervention. This will help them to build general presentation skills though a topic they are interested in and also allow for them to show their ability to come up with novel interventions relevant to the public health field.
… Conduct a brief research paper on a current emerging infectious disease and current public health intervention to prevent spread. This is designed to help students improve their research and writing skills.
…Model the impact of infectious disease interventions using R.
…Engage in informed discussion about newly emerging infectious diseases so that they are able to better participate in the current conversations about emergency response.
…Discuss emergency preparedness and responses to infectious disease outbreaks in ways that are culturally competent and globally minded.
This course will prepare students for further study in areas of public health including global health and epidemiology.
Prerequisites: No prior knowledge on infectious diseases is required. A general understanding of how to write a research paper is preferred, but not required.
STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders
Two-week, non-credit residential program focused on STEM subjects and taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 8-9 by June 2020; minimum age of 14 and maximum age of 15 by the start of the program.Visit Program Page Learn How to Apply