Instructors: James Lowe, Yvette Johnson, Will Sander, Brian Aldridge
- An understanding of viral biology, host defense and infectious disease dynamics.
- Recognize factors that influence infectious disease transmission within and between livestock production systems.
- An appreciation of the different:
- Political, demographic, educational, attitudinal, behavioral, socioeconomic, and cultural factors, along with the inherent disparities and preferences that impact health risk and community compliance to public health recommendations
- Needs and constraints of local businesses owners
- Barriers to public participation and communication
Mode of Teaching
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- find reliable sources of health information and critically evaluate them
- design and create implementation plans for biosecurity and infection control practices
- formulate specific clinical questions with testable hypotheses
- determine proper sampling and testing strategies to answer specific clinical questions
- explain the public health policy making process and describe how those policies impact medical decisions
- effectively summarize, analyze and communicate complicated medical/scientific issues to the general public and other professionals
- Demonstrate the ability to create a contingency plan in an effort of emergency preparedness
Specific Learning Activities
- Biology of COVID-19 infection
- Dynamics of COVID-19 transmission
- The SIR triangle
- Biology of host health defense
- Outbreak management strategies
- Key social and behavioral determinants of health
- Key steps of an outbreak investigation
- Assessment of population health status using available data
- Health care plans for individuals with low, rising and high-risk issues
- The role of public policy in managing disease outbreaks
- Socioeconomic barriers and disparities in health awareness, accessibility and care
- Political, cultural and economic influences on health care
Course Structure Overview
9-10am: Synchronized class discussion around that day’s module topic, current events and the daily assignment.
10-12pm: Students work in assigned groups to solve the question of the day.
12pm-1pm: Student groups check in with graduate assistant/instructor
1-3pm: Students collect data, refine group argument, and prepare presentation for class
3:30-4:30pm: Synchronized class meeting
- Required Textbook
There is no required textbook.
- Technical Requirements
Knowledge of and operation of a computer is the students’ personal responsibility.
You will need:
- A reliable device.
- High-speed internet connection: e.g. DSL or Cable.
- Supported web browser: e.g. a recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
- Access Microsoft Office 365 (Net ID and password needed) & have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.
- Minimum technical skills: At a minimum, students must possess the ability to navigate Blackboard. This includes accessing course content, posting to a discussion board, and completing online assignments, quizzes, self-assessments, etc.
alt link: https://online.vetmed.illinois.edu/understanding-covid-response