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Covid-19 & Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Native American Communities

East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Mon 07/20/2020 - Fri 07/31/2020
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  12:00 - 1:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Jessica Atwell
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Provides an introduction to infectious disease epidemiology and outbreak response, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic in Native American communities. Discusses the many determinants (biologic, social, environmental, etc.) that influence pandemic progression and impact on Tribal communities. Includes the biology and epidemiology of the virus, assessments of disease severity and spread, and identification of risk factors and disparities that result in disproportion morbidity and mortality in resource-limited settings. Students learn the key steps involved in identifying and assessing an outbreak, and the key players and processes involved in public health response.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply major foundational concepts of infectious disease epidemiology to evaluate the specific epidemiology of SARS CoV-2 and COVID-19
  2. Describe the determinants/risk factors for COVID-19 spread and the impact of the pandemic on individuals and communities in resource limited settings, specifically focusing on Native American communities and context specific social determinants/risk factors for COVID-19 related to physical, mental and behavioral health and health systems
  3. Contribute to COVID-19 outbreak/pandemic response at the community level, with a specific understanding of the key players and considerations involved in Native American settings
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 60% Problem sets
  • 30% Final Project

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

The course will move to a virtual format in 2-hour sessions using Zoom during two weeks. Students are expected to use a laptop computer with working WIFI/Internet access.