Do you want to broaden your knowledge on vaccinology or get a first well-balanced introduction to different aspects of the vaccine field? Then tune in for this course.
Do you know vaccines have proven to be one of the most powerful and effective ways of reducing morbidity and mortality and even eradicating diseases? This course will elaborate on the burden of some infectious diseases. Besides the history of vaccines and their impact on humankind, a module will be dedicated to vaccine immunology.
Individual course: $49
Course duration: 6 weeks
Time commitment: 3-5 hours each week
Experience level: Intermediate
Learning partner: KU Leuven University
Course type: Self-paced on your time
Subjects: Biology, life sciences, health, safety, and medicine
You will learn more about the different stages in vaccine development and the (sometimes) troublesome path to reach those most in need. Big steps forward have been made, but there are still challenges to tackle, including the recent vaccine hesitancy leading to a worrisome reduction in vaccination rates.
A novel vaccine platform technology, named PLLAV (i.e., plasmid-launched live-attenuated viral vaccine) will be highlighted as well.
This course is aimed at all stakeholders in the vaccine field, including students, parents, scientists, NGOs, politicians, and many more.
Topics of study
The burden of some infectious diseases
The history of vaccines
The different types of immunity
How vaccines trigger our immunity
The different types of vaccines
The phases in vaccine development
The problems we are facing today and the possible solutions
Basic knowledge of biochemistry (DNA, RNA)
Basic knowledge of cell biology
Basic knowledge of virology (i.e., structure of virus particle)
Advanced knowledge of immunology for module 3
About KU Leuven University
Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KULeuven has been a center of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KULeuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programs, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.