Despite all the remarkable technological breakthroughs that we have made over the past few decades, the threat from infectious diseases has significantly accelerated.
In this course, you will learn why this is the case by looking at the fundamental scientific principles underlying epidemics and the public health actions behind their prevention and control in the 21st century.
This is the first (origins of novel pathogens) of four courses, covering these topics:
Epidemics: past, present, and future
Discussion on the Ebola and Zika outbreaks, and a supplementary module on next-generation informatics for global health
Ecology, evolution, and emergence of infectious diseases
Medical detective: bug hunting in epidemics
Topics of study
Historic transitions and emergence of epidemic infections
Factors leading to infectious disease emergence and re-emergence
Regions with higher risk and estimated economic costs of emerging infectious disease
Ecology, evolution, and emergence of infectious diseases such as Zika, Ebola, H5N1, H7N9, H1N1, and swine influenza
Discovery, proof of association and causation, and control (case review on SARS)
About the University of Hong Kong
Established in 1911, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the territory's oldest institute of higher learning. For more than a century, the university has committed itself to creating knowledge, providing education, and serving society. It has grown with Hong Kong, and generations of its graduates have helped shape the city from which the university takes its name. Today, HKU is internationally renowned as a research-led comprehensive university, with frontier research endeavours and scholarly achievements that have won it worldwide acclaim.
As a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia, HKU strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars from around the world through its excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, and its contributions to the advancement of society and the development of leaders through global presence, regional significance, and engagement with the rest of China.