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Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health

The Global Health Network, an Internet "global training programme in public health," directed by Ronald E. LaPorte of the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburg, and Shunichi Akazawa of the World Health Organization, among others, has recently released this new online Epidemiology course. The course consists of seventeen annotated slide based lectures at this time,...
Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

The National Immunization Program of the US Centers for Disease Control provides this professionally-oriented manual, originally used in conjunction with a satellite video conference on the topic. At present, four of the five sections of the manual are available online. The heart of the manual consists of its fourteen disease-related chapters, covering diphtheria, hepatitis, influenza, measles,...
APHIS Factsheet: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

The resurgence of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or "mad cow disease," in the European Union raised eyebrows of economists and animal science professionals, alike. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has posted several online documents on BSE. This resource, also from USDA, is a FactSheet on BSE.
Centers for Disease Control: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

Visitors to this Web site from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will find a current and reliable source of information about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The FAQs section offers a general overview of the disease and recent outbreak -- a good starting point for finding the facts behind the headline news. The site also offers recent CDC guidelines and recommendations geared toward...
West Nile Virus Map

Given the increased concern over contagious diseases and viruses spread by various host animals and insects (such as the West Nile virus), these maps provided by the USGS are both helpful in their pragmatic applications, and for those studying the spatial distribution of the West Nile virus. The Web site begins with a brief background essay on the history of the virus, how the virus is...
The National Academies Press: Review of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Smallpox Vaccination Program

This electronic book from the National Academies Press (NAP) presents recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from the Committee on Smallpox Vaccination Program Implementation. The committee -- members of the Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine -- focuses on two main issues: Considerations for next steps in the pre-event vaccination program, and...
Smithsonian Magazine: On the Trail of West Nile Virus

The July 2003 issue of Smithsonian Magazine includes a feature article about the West Nile Virus. The article offers an in-depth look at the work of a group of scientists as they "race to develop vaccines against the scourge while others probe the possible lingering effects of the mosquito-borne infection." The 7-page articles may be downloaded free of charge. The site also includes links to...
World Health Organization: Child and Adolescent Health and Development

Along with groups such as the United Nations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization's Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH) division is concerned with the health and well-being of those who range in age from the newly born to age nineteen. It is, as they point out on their website, a rather large group of individuals, and all told, it comprises...

Drawing on new and rather novel computer-aided mapping programs, scholars have been able to bring together a number of disparate data sources that deal with a diverse set of disciplines. One such project has recently appeared online, and it is called HEALTHmap. Created by a team of researchers based at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, the project brings together aggregate...
Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health

The Supercourse website contains thousands of lectures on global health and prevention "designed to improve the teaching of prevention." Their network includes174 countries, and is available in no less than 30 languages. The site is located at the University of Pittsburgh and its core developers include Ronald LaPorte, Faina Linkov, Mita Lovalekar, and Eugene Shubnikov. It's a tremendous...
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