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Pandemics: Emergence, Spread and Response

Online short course

Overview

Gain the knowledge and skills that are critical to working in the field of pandemics.

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This course is developed by the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST); a joint partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Public Health England (PHE), funded by UK Aid from the Department of Health and Social Care, alongside our global partners.

It is a master’s level online course that offers a focused perspective and approach to learning about pandemics. The course will outline the specific drivers, multi-disciplinary actors and response measures, and facilitate the critical appraisal of pandemic preparedness, response and research in different contexts. 

The course has been designed to support development of skills and knowledge that are critical to effective pandemic preparedness and response. It will emphasise the value of interdisciplinary working, self-reflection, critical appraisal and synthesis.

On successful completion of the course, participants will also attain 20 academic credits (CATS - Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) which can be used towards master’s level degree programmes. 

Funding

A number of full course fee waivers are available, offered by the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST). Please check the funding section for further details.

Who is the course for? 

This course will be of value to professionals looking to further their knowledge and skills specific to pandemics, with experience of the following relevant disciplines and/or areas of practice.

  • Public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Data science
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Social science
  • Case management
  • Risk communication and community engagement
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Mental health
  • Health policy
  • Logistics
  • Healthcare management

Teaching and assessments

Teaching and assessment methods have been selected for their appropriateness and include use of group discussion, problem-based exercises, presentations, debates in addition to critical appraisal and synthesis of literature. 

During the course, participants will be guided in developing a personal portfolio and will have opportunities to obtain verbal and written feedback. In the summative assessment, participants will be expected to draw from the contents of their portfolio to evidence attainment of the learning outcomes. Formative assessments will be supported by peer and tutor feedback. 

Aims & objectives
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Aims

The course aims to:

  • Offer learning opportunities for professionals working in disciplines related to disease outbreaks to develop skills and knowledge that are critical to working in the field of pandemics.
     
  • Emphasise the value of interdisciplinary working, self-reflection, critical appraisal and synthesis for effective pandemic preparedness and response.

Objectives

By the end of the module, engaged participants will be able to:

  • Explain the definitions of pandemics and critique their application in the 20th and 21st centuries.
     
  • Identify context specific drivers and mitigations for emerging infectious diseases and pandemics.
     
  • Critically evaluate methods for emerging infectious disease surveillance, including detection.
     
  • Assess and critique the application of learning from emergence and spread of pandemics in the 20th and 21st centuries.
     
  • Critique the utility of a range of epidemiological methods used to track the spread of infectious diseases.
     
  • Critically appraise and prioritise the pillars of pandemic preparedness and response at local, national and international levels.
     
  • Develop a national pandemic response plan using an interdisciplinary approach.
     
  • Apply skills of interdisciplinary working, critical thinking, and synthesis to topics relating to pandemic preparedness, response and research.
Funding
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A number of full course fee waivers are available, offered by the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST).

UK-PHRST is funded through UK Aid under Official Development Assistance (ODA), which supports low- and middle-income countries.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must hold an offer of admission for the course. The fee waiver will be awarded to applicants who are nationals of, and working in, an ODA eligible country.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a statement of no more than 250 words to shortcourses@lshtm.ac.uk clearly stating their eligibility for this award and the difference it would make to their future career. Please state ‘UK-Public Health Rapid Support Team Scholarship’ in the subject line.

Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Early applications are recommended.

Entry requirements
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Successful applicants will meet the following professional and academic criteria:

  • An upper second class honours degree (2:1) or above in a relevant discipline, a degree in medicine at the same standard, or another degree of equivalent awarded by an overseas institution recognised by UK NARIC or Barrons, 

    OR
     
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline obtained by written examinations and judged by the School to be equivalent to an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or above

    AND
     
  • Prior professional experience of at least one year in a field linked with disease outbreak response or research.

Any prospective student who does not meet the above entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. For further enquiries please contact shortcourses@lshtm.ac.uk 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B

It is essential that all students have a good command of the English language to benefit from their studies at the LSHTM. As part of the application process, applicants are required to demonstrate how they meet the LSHTM’s minimum English language requirements.

Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information

How to apply
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Applying for this course

Applications are now open and can be made via our online application form. 

Please read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.