Course Description

The Black Death, Spanish Flu, SARS, Ebola ... In the history of mankind, deadly infections and appalling disasters are inseparable. Science has given us the ability to hunt down the pathogens. However, pathogens – new and old – keep emerging and evolving in every corner of the planet. In today’s highly interconnected world, a single sneeze may set off a global pandemic.  

Are you prepared for the next pandemic? How can we prepare for disasters caused by infectious diseases? This e-learning module is about biological disasters, the third in our series of e-learning module on CBRN emergencies. 

This module is organized into five sections:

Section 1, Dr LP Leung will give you an overview of the subject of biological disasters and explain the relationship between infectious diseases and disasters. 

Section 2, Dr Kelvin To will talk about influenza viruses and how they cause pandemics. 

Section 3, Professor Malik Peiris will go through some of the emerging infections that have potentials of causing biological disasters. 

Section 4, Dr Rex Lam will introduce to you some basic concepts about bioterrorism and the principles of response. 

Section 5, Dr Thomas Tsang will discuss how we can best respond to an infectious disease disaster in the community. 

If you are interested to know how a patient’s journey is like in a hospital isolation ward, you can join our virtual tour at the end of our module.

The module is designed to be mobile-friendly so that you can study anytime, anywhere. Chinese subtitles and Putonghua voice over are available for audience who prefer using Chinese in learning. If you want to know more about the topics discussed in the videos, you can refer to the list of suggested readings at the end of each session. You can also test your knowledge by taking multiple-choice (MCQ) test. An electronic certificate will be awarded to you upon completion of the module.

Enroll now and learn more about biological disaster!

Course Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. describe the relationship between infectious diseases and disasters

2. understand some basic concepts about influenza 

3. recognize the threat of emerging infectious diseases and the driving forces behind them

4. understand the basic concepts about bioterrorism and the principles of response

5. describe the basic principles in community response to an infectious disease disaster.