In the Footsteps of Zika... Approaching the Unknown (Free Online Course through Coursera)
Monday, July 10 (class begins); registration ends July 15
Coursera provides worldwide, online access to education from global universities and organizations in various subjects. Coursera will be hosting an eight week Zika course beginning July 10 and continuing through September. Schedules are flexible and additional time to complete the course is permitted.
All course materials can be accessed for free, or participants can pay $49 to earn grades and a formal certificate. However, it is not necessary to pay in order to learn. Alternately, participants who cannot afford the fee can also complete a brief, online financial aid form to request a fee waiver.
The Coursera website states: "The central idea of this course is to bring together participants around the world having a strong interest in Zika. We welcome persons from multiple fields and different backgrounds, including researchers, professors and students in related academic fields, health care professionals, policy makers and stakeholders working with Zika related issues, and also anyone who is looking forward to knowing more about this outbreak without borders."
All materials can be accessed when enrolling in the course. Each week contains a variety of activities such as videos, discussions, and readings. This course may contain more in-depth, scientific, and global information than some other Zika resources.
Week 1: Introducing Zika virus, its vectors and its hosts
Week 2: Following the tracks of Zika virus
Week 3: Prevention and control
Week 4: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
Week 5: Zika and neurological adverse effects
Week 6: Inequity in front of Zika exposure and outcomes
Week 7: How to deal with Zika: WHO and international health organizations' perspectives
Week 8: The Zika phenomenon through media and economic & political challenges
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Tribal Zika Response and Planning Request For
Applications Informational Webinar
Tuesday, July 11 from 4-5pm (Eastern Daylight Time)
This NIHB webinar is hosted for Tribes interested in learning more about the funding opportunity described in the Funding Opportunity section of the newsletter HERE.
Preventing the Zika Virus: Understanding and Controlling the Aedes Mosquito
(Free Online Course through FutureLearn)
Monday, July 17 (class begins)
FutureLearn is a website that provides free, online courses to all people by partnering with international universities and institutions.
FutureLearn will be hosting a Zika prevention course which addresses the science behind Zika, the
Aedes mosquito, vector control, and the global Zika response.
The course is free, and completion is estimated at 4 hours per week for three (3) weeks. The formal class start date is listed as July 17, but the course period begins on registration. Participants have access to course materials for the course duration period and for two (2) additional weeks. Upgrades are available for $54 and the upgrade offers unlimited (ongoing) access to the course, a transcript, and a certificate of achievement. However, payment is not required in order to learn.
This course may contain more in-depth, scientific, and global information than some other Zika resources.
The following subjects will be covered:
- Week 1: What do we know about Zika?
- Introduction, the Zika virus, the uncertainty of Zika, and Zika in context
- Week 2: What is the Aedes mosquito and where can it be found?
- Characteristics of the Aedes mosquito, the distribution of Aedes, observing mosquitoes
- Week 3: What can we do to control the spread of Zika?
- Controlling mosquitoes, challenges and new ideas, current strategies for preventing Zika, what can new research tell us? & course review