APRU & the University of Southern California Institute for Global Health announce….

Learn more about our new online short course available for high school students.


Course Description: This course is ideal for students interested in health and global issues who want to make a positive change in the world. It will appeal to high school students who plan to have careers in health-related fields, as global health combines medicine, public health, international relations, economics, and other disciplines to save lives worldwide. In this four-week online self-paced course, we will pay particular attention to one critical aspect of global health:  detecting, controlling and preventing outbreaks of infectious disease.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in this course through a major U.S.-based university. While no course grades or credit will be given, a certificate of participation from USC will be available upon successful course completion.

Learning Methods: Taught in English, this course will combine a series of dynamic, self-paced online lectures and interactive exercises with four live sessions where students will interact with the USC instructor, as well as students in other countries. Four optional one-hour live sessions are offered on Monday evenings at 8pm (time in Hong Kong/Taipei/Shanghai/Singapore) OR Saturday mornings at 9am during the month of October.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe major disease patterns and future trends around the world
  2. Recognize historical and current examples of disease outbreaks
  3. Identify strategies for the prevention and control of disease
  4. Examine the origins of different diseases and how diseases are studied in populations
  5. Identify the major stakeholders in global disease prevention and control
  6. Carry out the key steps in an infectious disease outbreak investigation
  7. Craft a public health communication message in order to inform the public about outbreaks

Cost: US$1,500US (early registration)

Date: October 2017

Registration: A maximum of 30 students will be accepted. Register now (form coming soon, please check back) to guarantee your space. Early registration deadline is July 15, 2017.

For more information: please contact Dr. Mellissa Withers at mwithers@usc.edu

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a non-profit association of 45 Pacific Rim academic institutions. It was established in 1997 and the Secretariat is based in Hong Kong. The APRU Global Health Program is hosted by the University of Southern California’s Institute for Global Health.

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