HSem 2707H, Battling the Bugs: Anthrax, Ebola, and Everyday Life

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Infectious Disease Control
Jill DeBoer
Fall 2022
3 credits
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Writing Intensive: 


For Fall 2022, this HSem meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-2:15pm.

We share the planet with a myriad of living things. The smallest of those are the ones that may impact our lives the most. These creatures are in the news nearly every day: Ebola virus in Western Africa, measles outbreak among visitors to Disneyland, foodborne outbreaks on cruise ships. This course will focus on the importance of infectious disease prevention, control, and treatment to the health and well-being of the global community. Students will explore the many facets of public health response operations and decision-making which are often behind the scenes and not well understood by the general public.


Jill DeBoer is deputy director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) and director of the AHC Office of Emergency Response responsible for health emergency planning and response on campus. She is also founder of the U of M Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). She previously worked as a Section Chief at the Minnesota Department of Health with responsibility for AIDS and STD surveillance and response. Following 9/11, she assumed state-level oversight of public health emergency response planning, including bioterrorism response.