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Attention Disease Detectives!
“Outbreak!” is an advanced four-week summer course for high school students who have completed at least one semester of high school biology and are rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Students will learn the basic principles of public health and infectious disease control by studying the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Using a one health approach, students will learn the importance of the interactions between humans, animals and the environment on the emergence of infectious disease outbreaks. The role of social issues such as food insecurity, poverty, and cultural practices on the spread of infectious disease will also be explored. Students will learn to calculate measures of disease spread and severity; identify risk factors for disease; and study the effectiveness of public health interventions such as education, vaccination, isolation, and quarantine. Online gaming applications such as Solve the Outbreak©, Vax!©, and Epidemic© will be used to reinforce the concepts behind common disease control strategies. Students will assume the role of public health professionals as they attempt to control the outbreaks. As a final project, students will apply the concepts that they have learned to work in groups to develop outreach and educational materials with public health messaging aimed at reducing the transmission of infectious disease.
Location: 7 Doris Christopher Hall, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus.
When: 9:00- 11:00am, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from July 10 through August 4.
Tuition: This course is offered free of tuition with the support of the Illinois African Studies Consortium; a Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Final Deadline May 31, 2017.
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