How has the Ebola outbreak become a humanitarian emergency? Learn about the science behind the crisis.
In 2014, Ebola went from a scarcely known virus to the subject of daily news reports. The epidemic in West Africa has quickly surpassed all previous outbreaks, to become an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
Understand the science behind the Ebola outbreak:
In this free online course, we’ll look at the science behind the Ebola outbreak, to understand why it has occurred on this scale and how it can be controlled.
Over two weeks, we’ll explore the principles of infectious disease transmission and the social context of the Ebola epidemic.
We’ll look at treatment and control measures - from those already in place to those planned - and the challenges of implementation and innovation in an emergency.
Learn from multiple perspectives:
The course is taught by experts from a range of disciplines, including infectious disease epidemiology, anthropology, medicine and public health. Contributors include Professor Peter Piot: Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, co-discoverer of the Ebola virus and Chair of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) scientific committee on Ebola; and Professor David Heymann: Co-Chair of the WHO Director General’s advisory group on the Ebola response and Chair of Public Health England.
Hear from those on the front line in Africa:
The course will include first-hand accounts and interviews with those who are at the front line of the response in Africa, as well as short lectures, exercises, videos and links to further reading.
Throughout, you’ll be able to discuss the Ebola outbreak with other learners from around the world.
This course is designed for healthcare professionals or anyone working in a health organisation; undergraduate students taking a healthcare or science-related degree; medical students and postgraduates wishing to complement their studies; and anyone else.
Become part of the global health community and prepare yourself to join teams providing care. This course explores how multidisciplinary teams can work more effectively together to address global health needs. Whether you seek a career in international health or medicine, volunteer to serve those less fortunate, or work in an institutional setting such as a clinic, hospital, or public health agency, it is important to understand the sources and movement of diseases.
March 2014 marked the starting point of the largest outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history. Although the disease seems to be on a decrease, we are not there yet and new outbreaks will surely emerge. New efforts to combat the outbreak are necessary. This is why we developed this online course about Ebola, targeted at health professionals across the world.
Learn about the evolving Ebola epidemic and its various aspects including disease prevention, management and treatment, response to the epidemic, ethical considerations, and the post-Ebola global health landscape.
Il s’agit d’un MOOC sur la crise internationale sur Ebola partie d’Afrique de l’Ouest en 2014 ; d’une durée de 5 semaines, où interviendront plus de 30 professeurs des universités, chercheurs, responsables politiques, autorités sanitaires nationales et internationales, membres d’ONGs, et autres acteurs d’Europe et d’Afrique sur plus de 60 séquences vidéos. Les thèmes abordés se dérouleront selon une séquence hebdomadaire décrite ci-dessous (section « plan du cours »).
The goal of this 4-week course is to equip learners to safely care for a patient infected with a pathogen requiring high-level biocontainment. This can be accomplished in any healthcare facility given the correct approach and protocols.