COVID-19 Courses at UNC Gillings
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SPHG 101-001: Exploring Public Health Fields: Global and local health issues, efforts, and solutions
Wednesdays, 6:50-7:50 p.m.
This seminar-based, introductory course serves to provide a foundation in the breadth and depth of public health, locally and globally. Students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of the public health disciplines and how they are used to promote health at a population level; learn about public health topics, research, academic paths, and careers; and engage with speakers from different public health disciplines, community organizations, and national agencies to gain insight into how research and practice are integrated to promote health at a population level. Speakers will provide commentary and perspectives on their areas of expertise in addition to the covid-19 pandemic and related topics (aerosols and mask wearing, epidemiology, clinical trials and vaccines, social determinants of health, data collection and testing, health disparities and inequities, etc.). Course open to all students/no pre-requisites.
Instructor: Dr. Gregory Bocchino, Gillings School of Global Public Health
EPID 799B-001: Pandemics (Focus on COVID-19): History, Epidemiology, and Mitigation
Fridays, 1:25-3:25 p.m.
This course is designed to provide an overview of key issues related to the history, epidemiology and response to pandemics with a major focus on the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The course will be lecture based and remote. Some of the topics that will be included involve: history of pandemics, developing vaccines and therapeutics; clinical trials of vaccines and therapeutics; public response to pandemics- international, national and local; mitigation of pandemics in developing countries; responding to pandemics in the military; epidemiology and spread of respiratory viruses on college campuses; modeling pandemics; psychological impact of pandemics. We will have experts on the topic including leading researchers, public health officials, and clinicians who are currently working on the SARS-CoV-2 response providing lectures. Course open to Gillings school majors now; open to non-Gillings School majors on August 10 if space is available.
Instructors: Dr. Audrey Pettifor, Department of Epidemiology, and Dr. David Weber, Department of Epidemiology and School of Medicine- Infectious Diseases