POPLHLTH 103G Epidemics: Black Death to Bioterrorism
POPLHLTH 103G | Open | Semester Two 2021 | City Campus | 15 points
This course explores the concept of the epidemic. It examines epidemics caused by micro-organisms, environmental contaminants, lifestyle choices and self-harming behaviours.
The course covers historical epidemics from Black Death to coronary heart disease, examines modern-day examples such as influenza, smoking and problem gambling, and explores the concept of social contagion, from nun-biting to alien abduction.
By the end of this course, you should:
- Understand the nature and cause of different types of epidemics.
- Be aware of the historical background of epidemics with an understanding of contemporary epidemics in New Zealand and worldwide.
- Have a more detailed understanding of actions that might be taken by society to monitor, manage and prevent one modern epidemic.
- What are epidemics
- Infectious epidemics
- Measle epidemics of chronic disease: Gluttony, indolence and melancholy
- Environmental epidemics
- Social contagion
This course is taught by a wide variety of senior staff and spans many disciplines. It involves one-hour lectures interspersed with 11 one-hour tutorials. Some lectures involve multi-media presentations.