Course Information

Animal Origins of COVID-19 and Other Pandemics: Implications for Preventing Future Pandemics

Course ID: MPBH 495-010 / HSM 355-007
School:Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Program: Public Health, Health Care Administration
Credit Hours: 1

Course Description

Diseases like COVID-19, The “Spanish” Flu of 1918, SARS, and Zika are suspected or confirmed to have originated in animals. These diseases highlight the connections between animal and human health. To prevent and reduce the risk of these pandemics, it is important to leverage a broad array of expertise, including human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, epidemiology, and ecology. This course will examine how humans become infected with animal pathogens and students will learn from past successful and less successful efforts to prevent epidemics originating in animals.

  • Describe how pathogens can spread from animals to humans and evidence on the origin of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19
  • Identify successful techniques to minimize the spread of infectious diseases originating from animals and implications for strengthening the global public health infrastructure

*This course is part of a series of special topic courses on Strengthening Population Health Resilience in the Time of COVID-19Learn more

This is a special six-week session that runs June 1-July 10, 2020

Course Offering

Session Day Time Instructor
C Mon 6:00 - 8:00 PM Harbison

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