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Controlling The Next Emergency Pandemic


Is the COVID-19 Pandemic simply a once-in-a-lifetime threat? Or rather, is this a warning of health emergencies to come? Today’s globalization of travel and commerce make communicable, infectious diseases much more transmissible person-to-person and nation-to-nation. August’s analysis by the Center for Global Development projects that the probability of another COVID-19-like pandemic in the next 25 years is 47-57%. In conclusion, the report calls for great investment into prospective pandemic risk reduction, infectious disease surveillance, and robust response planning.


This fall, INMED is offering the Emergency Pandemic Control Course. This two-credit-hour, graduate level Learning opportunity emphasizes objective investigation into critical questions, including identifying infectious agents, modes of transmission, incubation periods, and effective modalities for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. This course also highlights how emergency pandemic control also often requires deliberate interventions to address special ethical challenges: disease-associated racism, resistance to local and international cooperation, and extreme stress placed upon low-resource health systems.


INMED’s Emergency Pandemic Control Course can be taken as a standalone, or as part of the INMED Master’s Degree in International Health. Without question, the next 25 years will see significant growth in international travel in commerce. Armed with pandemic control skills, healthcare leaders of today and tomorrow can save our world’s citizens from a twice-in-a-lifetime threat.


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