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Pandemics and
Public Health

We are Socially Distant. Our Learning is Not.

Since the end of 2019, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has reordered the way the world works. Thousands of people are out of school and work and are staying at home, trying their best to adjust to this temporary new normal. In Pandemics and Public Health, Knovva Academy is seizing this moment to prepare the next generation of leaders with the tools and understanding they need to get through this crisis.

In this web-based and interactive lecture series, Knovva Academy is partnering with world-renowned scientists and public health experts to provide students and teachers with accurate information and access to an online community where they can:

Learn

about COVID-19 and how public health institutions around the world are addressing it

Engage

with peers from around the world while social distancing

Develop

critical thinking skills through interactive simulations and research projects

Program Structure

Speakers

Dr. Jing Ma

Associate Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. David C. King

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Don Goldmann

Professor of Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health;
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Felipe Fregni

Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School;
Associate Prof. of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Lecture Series

Every other week, Knovva Academy will release an online lecture led by an expert in public health, policy, or medicine. These lectures will provide an introduction to the science and history of pandemics, the role of public health in global policy and prevention, and the current landscape of public health.

Lectures will explore topics and questions such as:

The science of pandemics: How do they spread?
How do pandemics impact governance at the local, regional, national, and global levels? What are the different roles each level has to play in addressing the crisis?
What are the challenges nations face in containing the spread of pandemics?
How do pandemics impact international relations today and in the future?
What new technologies and innovations help nations respond to and prevent the spread of pandemics?
What can we learn from past epidemics?

* The topics are subject to change.

Panel Series

Following each lecture and in alternate weeks, a multi-disciplinary panel of experts will come together to discuss each topic. In these discussions, experts will demonstrate how to apply the knowledge from the lecture to better understand the current health crisis.

The panel series will explore questions such as:

How has COVID-19 differed from pandemics of the past?
Does social distancing truly make a difference in an outbreak? How?
How has COVID-19 impacted existing challenges in public health?
Why are countries experiencing COVID-19 differently; for example, Singapore, Italy, and South Korea?
What is the latest information on the vaccine trials?
How can we protect those on the front lines?
How do medical practitioners cope with the risks of their field?

* The topics are subject to change.

Activities

Students will be invited to participate in a series of activities that will take place entirely online in Knovva Academy’s Community Forums. Building on the lecture and expert panel discussion topics, students will develop their understanding of the complexity of global health governance, and build skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and global competence.

Virtual Global Crisis Simulations

Through a web-based simulation, students will be presented with a rapidly unfolding crisis scenario. After being assigned the role of a key player in a sector related to public health, students will use the information provided to collaboratively develop a course of action. Students will apply their knowledge and test their critical thinking skills as they collaborate with peers from around the world to develop policy proposals that address pressing public health issues at both local and global levels.

Unique Research Projects

Building on their understanding from the lectures and expert panels, students will delve more deeply into different facets of public health, and explore their own interests through a series of research projects. In each assignment, students will research and propose solutions with real-world implications for the future of public health policy and education.