Pandemics: Detection, Containment, Control

All details for the course:

14. July 2023
April 12 to June 7, Fridays 14-16h

As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, but not every outbreak reaches pandemic levels. There are some major pandemics which have afflicted mankind throughout history such as plague, cholera, influenza, and coronavirus diseases Thus it is important to know the way they were controlled in the past and how these diseases are managed today.

Infectious diseases still represent threats to human health as pathogens can spread rapidly through global trade and travel. Global surveillance programs are needed to trigger response to waterborne pathogens and vector-borne diseases or to detect and identify pathogens spilling over from animals to humans.

The University of Freiburg is organizing an online course on major pandemics such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Dengue fever, but also other examples will briefly be discussed such as Covid-19, SARS, Ebola, and others. The overall objective of the course is to train students in the prevention, early detection, management, and monitoring of major contemporary pandemics.

The Seminar will be held from 14th June 2023 to 28th August 2023 and is based on self-learning materials and weekly online meetings with facilitators. As a final assessment, each student will prepare a PowerPoint presentation about a selected topic.
The Seminar is open to Master’s Alumni and students at Freiburg University (M.Sc. Global Urban Health, UCF Liberal Arts Students, and AGEP participants). The successful student will receive 4 ECTS for the effort.

detailed course description

Application deadline: Sunday 02.07.2023

registration for the seminar:
Please send your application including in form of  a motivational letter (max. 1 page) and your CV to Damaris Bockstahler, coordinator of the virtual course: