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Responding to Urgent Global Public Health Crisis: The Epidemiology and Prevention of HIV/AIDS

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Course Description

The HIV/AIDS pandemic is one of the most urgent public health crises of our time. Learn how to respond to complex global health crises using public health evidence, policy, and politics through HIV as an example case study. This course is designed to inspire the next generation of public health advocates, activists, practitioners, and scholars.

The global HIV/AIDS pandemic is an urgent public health crisis that calls for a multi-faceted public health response. We will use the HIV/AIDS pandemic as a case study to introduce and inspire the next generation of public health advocates, activists, practitioners, and scholars. We provide an overview of the epidemiology of HIV, highlighting the unique aspects of transmission of the disease and response to the disease. We will discuss the reasons behind the exceptional amount of attention and resources dedicated to responding to the major public health crisis in recent history. Through a close examination of HIV, students will learn basic concepts of epidemiology and public health, relevant to infectious and chronic diseases, as well as other public health prevention efforts.

The format of this two-week course will include lectures, multi-media, group projects and presentations, class discussion, and guided readings. We will develop critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills through independent and group learning including homework, brief reaction papers, and a final presentation.

The learning objectives of this course are to:

  • Develop a greater understanding of global public health outcomes, including the influence of public health evidence, policy, and politics using HIV as an example case study.
  • Gain knowledge of some of the most important public health crises and diseases.
  • Instill passion for pursuing careers in global public health.

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