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  • Classes Start
  • feb 10 2014
  • Classes End
  • mar 23 2014
  • Estimated Effort
  • 02:00 h/week
  • Language
  • French


Emerging infectious diseases require an interdisciplinary approach taking into account epidemiology and biomathematics, virology, immunology, human and animal health, entomology, clinical research on infectious diseases, sociology, medicine, political sciences and risk communication, as well as elements of health economics. This module provides participants with theoretical foundations, practical methods, and public health considerations involving different disciplines. The objective is to train participants through this case study; they will learn how to monitor emerging infectious diseases, but they will also learn how to prevent and control outbreaks. Whenever possible, it will be shown how each discipline contributes to the formation of a common expertise in order to find solutions for an epidemic of emerging infectious disease. Synergy, relationships and interdependence between disciplines will also be highlighted. Our approach is pragmatic and traces the course of an outbreak of Chikungunya, a disease transmitted by a mosquito, Aedes albopictus, which occurred in the Indian Ocean in 2006. It will be presented and analyzed: tools of surveillance, early warning and detection methods, studies aimed at identifying risk factors and triggers of an epidemic, scenarios for prevention, sero-epidemiological studies, risk communication in times of crisis, risk perception and behaviors of the population.


This module is intended for students, health professionals and staff involved in the management of health programs

Course Staff

Antoine Flahault

Professor at the Medical Faculty, University Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité. He co-directs the Centre Virchow-Villermé of Public Health Paris-Berlin (http://virchowvillerme.eu). He coordinated the research on Chikungunya. He was a corresponding member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2010, and he has more than 230 publications.