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Big Questions For The Future Lecture Series
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This series looks at the Oxford Martin School's academics and how their ...

This series looks at the Oxford Martin School's academics and how their research is making a difference to our global future. The series will be of interest to people who are concerned about the future for the planet, how civilisation will adapt to emerging problems and issues such as climate change, over population, increased urbanisation of populations and the creation of vaccines to fight against future pandemics. The Oxford Martin School academics explain their various research topics in an accessible and thoughtful way and try to find practical solutions to these issues.

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Information Science
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Lecture
Provider:
University of Oxford
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University of Oxford Podcasts
Author:
Colin Goding|Ian Goldin|Adrian Hill|Angela McClean|Katherine Willis|Robyn Norton|Sonia Contera|Pedro Ferreira|Steve Rayner
Designing and Sustaining Technology Innovation for Global Health Practice, Spring 2008
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Innovation in global health practice requires leaders who are trained to think ...

Innovation in global health practice requires leaders who are trained to think and act like entrepreneurs. Whether at a hospital bedside or in a remote village, global healthcare leaders must understand both the business of running a social venture as well as how to plan for and provide access to life saving medicines and essential health services. Each week, the course features a lecture and skills-based tutorial session led by industry, non-profit foundation, technology, and academic leaders to think outside the box in tackling and solving problems in innovation for global health practice through the rationale design of technology and service solutions. The lectures provide the foundation for faculty-mentored pilot project from MOH, students, or non-profit sponsors that may involve creation of a market or business plan, product development, or a research study design.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Full Course
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Blander, Jeffrey
Demirci, Utkan
Suit Up!
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Students learn about providing healthcare in a global setting and the importance ...

Students learn about providing healthcare in a global setting and the importance of wearing protective equipment when treating patients with infectious diseases like Ebola. They learn about biohazard suits, heat transfer through conduction and convection and the engineering design cycle. Student teams design, create and test (and improve) their own Ebola biohazard suit prototypes that cover one arm and hand, including a ventilation system to cool the inside of the suit.

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Career and Technical Education
Life Science
Biology
Mathematics
Physical Science
Physics
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Fleishman , Engineering World Health
Leyf Starling, The Engineering Place, North Carolina State University
Michaela Rikard, Engineering World Health
STEM Programs, Engineering World Health
Cross-Cultural Investigations: Technology and Development, Fall 2012
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This course enhances cross-cultural understanding through the discussion of practical, ethical, and ...

This course enhances cross-cultural understanding through the discussion of practical, ethical, and epistemological issues in conducting social science and applied research in foreign countries or unfamiliar communities. It includes a research practicum to help students develop interviewing, participant-observation, and other qualitative research skills, as well as critical discussion of case studies. The course is open to all interested students, but intended particularly for those planning to undertake exploratory research or applied work abroad. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments.

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World Cultures
Education
Anthropology
Economics
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Internet Scout Project
M.I.T.
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Internet Scout Project
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Heather Paxson
D-Lab: Medical Technologies for the Developing World, Spring 2010
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D-Lab Health provides a multidisciplinary approach to global health technology design via ...

D-Lab Health provides a multidisciplinary approach to global health technology design via guest lectures and a major project based on fieldwork. We will explore the current state of global health challenges and learn how to design medical technologies that address those problems. Students may travel to Nicaragua during spring break to work with health professionals, using medical technology design kits to gain field experience for their device challenge. As a final class deliverable, you will create a product design solution to address challenges observed in the field. The resulting designs are prototyped in the summer for continued evaluation and testing.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Social Science
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Full Course
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Provider:
M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Gomez-Marquez, Jose
Unusual Biology: The Science of Emerging Pathogens, Spring 2013
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Infectious diseases represent a serious global public health problem. They have the ...

Infectious diseases represent a serious global public health problem. They have the potential to kill millions of people, whether they emerge naturally as outbreaks or pandemics, or deliberately through bioterrorism. Some examples of diseases caused by emerging pathogens are the Bubonic Plague, Toxoplasmosis, African Sleeping Sickness, and Chagas Disease. Each day, infectious disease scientists serve on the front lines protecting us from such threats. In this course students will learn how to design and critique experiments through the discussion of primary research articles that explore the molecular basis of disease caused by emerging pathogens. This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. Many instructors of the Advanced Undergraduate Seminars are postdoctoral scientists with a strong interest in teaching.

Subject:
Biology
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Full Course
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ana Camejo
Daniel Gold
Virus-host Interactions in Infectious Diseases, Spring 2013
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Co-evolution and adaptation between viruses and humans are often portrayed as a ...

Co-evolution and adaptation between viruses and humans are often portrayed as a zero-sum biological arms race. Viruses enter host cells equipped with an array of mechanisms to evade the host defense responses and replicate. The rapid rate of mutation of viruses permits evolution of various methodologies for infection, which in turn drive development of non-specific but highly effective host mechanisms to restrict infection. This class will discuss the varied solutions each side has developed as a means for survival. We will use examples drawn from human disease-causing pathogens that contribute seriously to the global health burden, including HIV, influenza and dengue virus. Primary research papers will be discussed to help students learn to pose scientific questions and design and conduct experiments to answer the questions and critically interpret data. This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. Many instructors of the Advanced Undergraduate Seminars are postdoctoral scientists with a strong interest in teaching.

Subject:
Biology
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Full Course
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Joseph Ashour
Sumana Sanyal
Global Freshwater Crisis, Spring 2011
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For the first time in history, the global demand for freshwater is ...

For the first time in history, the global demand for freshwater is overtaking its supply in many parts of the world. The U.N. predicts that by 2025, more than half of the countries in the world will be experiencing water stress or outright shortages. Lack of water can cause disease, food shortages, starvation, migrations, political conflict, and even lead to war. Models of cooperation, both historic and contemporary, show the way forward. The first half of the course details the multiple facets of the water crisis. Topics include water systems, water transfers, dams, pollution, climate change, scarcity, water conflict/cooperation, food security, and agriculture. The second half of the course describes innovative solutions: Adaptive technologies and adaptation through policy, planning, management, economic tools, and finally, human behaviors required to preserve this precious and imperiled resource. Several field trips to water/wastewater/biosolids reuse and water-energy sites will help us to better comprehend both local and international challenges and solutions.

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Environmental Science
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Full Course
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Murcott, Susan
Flu Math Games
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This video lesson shows students that math can play a role in ...

This video lesson shows students that math can play a role in understanding how an infectious disease spreads and how it can be controlled. During this lesson, students will see and use both deterministic and probabilistic models and will learn by doing through role-playing exercises. The primary exercises between video segments of this lesson are class-intensive simulation games in which members of the class 'infect' each other under alternative math modeling assumptions about disease progression. Also there is an occasional class discussion and local discussion with nearby classmates.

Subject:
Biology
Sociology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Mai Perches
Richard C. Larson
Sahar Hashmi
Technology, Law, and the Working Environment, Spring 2006
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Addresses relationship between technology-related problems and the law applicable to work environment. ...

Addresses relationship between technology-related problems and the law applicable to work environment. National Labor Relations Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act. Toxic Substances Control Act, state worker's compensation, and suits by workers in the courts discussed. Problems related to occupational health and safety, collective bargaining as a mechanism for altering technology in the workplace, job alienation, productivity, and the organization of work addressed. Prior courses or experience in the environmental, public health, or law-related areas.

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Environmental Science
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Flu Math Games
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This video lesson shows students that math can play a role in ...

This video lesson shows students that math can play a role in understanding how an infectious disease spreads and how it can be controlled. During this lesson, students will see and use both deterministic and probabilistic models and will learn by doing through role-playing exercises. The primary exercises between video segments of this lesson are class-intensive simulation games in which members of the class 'infect' each other under alternative math modeling assumptions about disease progression. Also there is an occasional class discussion and local discussion with nearby classmates.

Subject:
Biology
Sociology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
MIT Learning International Networks Consortium
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Mai Perches
Richard C. Larson
Sahar Hashmi
Special Topics at Edgerton Center:Developing World Prosthetics, Spring 2010
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D-Lab World Prosthetics is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ...

D-Lab World Prosthetics is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Jaipur Foot Organization to improve the design, manufacture, and distribution of rehabilitation devices in the developing world. The course welcomes individuals interested in physical rehabilitation to work on multidisciplinary teams of students with bioengineering, mechanical engineering, material science, and medical or pre-medical backgrounds. Students will learn about the basics of human walking, different types of gait disabilities, as well as the technologies that seek to address those disabilities. Patient perspectives and current research areas are presented. Lecture topics focus on lower-limb disabilities, including polio and above-knee and below-knee amputation, and will cover both developed and developing world techniques for overcoming these disabilities. Students form teams to design and prototype low-cost orthotic and prosthetic devices, and present their work at the end of the course.

Subject:
Manufacturing
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Emerson, Robert
Endo, Ken
Discovering Medicines, Using Robots and Computers
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Scientists who are working to discover new medicines often use robots to ...

Scientists who are working to discover new medicines often use robots to prepare samples of cells, allowing them to test chemicals to identify those that might be used to treat diseases. Students will meet a scientist who works to identify new medicines. She created free software that ''looks'' at images of cells and determines which images show cells that have responded to the potential medicines. Students will learn about how this technology is currently enabling research to identify new antibiotics to treat tuberculosis. Students will complete hands-on activities that demonstrate how new medicines can be discovered using robots and computer software, starring the student as ''the computer.'' In the process, the students learn about experimental design, including positive and negative controls.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Anne Carpenter
Use of World Health Organization and CDC Growth Charts for Children Aged 0--59 Months in the United States
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In April 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new international growth ...

In April 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new international growth charts for children aged 0--59 months. Similar to the 2000 CDC growth charts, these charts describe weight for age, length (or stature) for age, weight for length (or stature), and body mass index for age. Whereas the WHO charts are growth standards, describing the growth of healthy children in optimal conditions, the CDC charts are a growth reference, describing how certain children grew in a particular place and time. However, in practice, clinicians use growth charts as standards rather than references.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Reading Informational Text
Biology
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Reading
Provider:
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
Med Myst: Mission 1, Orientation at O.R.B.
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This is an interactive learning adventure for middle school students and has ...

This is an interactive learning adventure for middle school students and has accompanying classroom activities and magazines. In this challenge, students will perform experiments to identify the germ responsible for a fungal disease. Students will follow rules or postulates worked out by Dr. Koch in the late 1800s for establishing whether a specific germ causes a particular infectious disease: 1. The suspected pathogen must be present in every case of the disease; 2. The suspected pathogen must be isolated from the host and grown in pure culture; 3. The disease must be reproduced when a pure culture of the suspected pathogen is inoculated into a healthy susceptible host; 4. The same pathogen must be recovered from the newly infected host. The Germ Theory of Disease holds that germs or microorganisms cause infectious diseases. Funded through the National Center for Research Resources and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Subject:
Biology
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Game
Interactive
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Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Rice Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning
Confronting the Burden of Injuries: A Global Perspective
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Confronting the Burden of Injuries- A Global Perspective is a course offered ...

Confronting the Burden of Injuries- A Global Perspective is a course offered by the Department of International Health and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. This course is intended to guide students interested in working on injury control in areas with little to no tradition in injury prevention from a public health perspective. Students will learn to define the injury problem and assess its magnitude; identify data sources and assess the quality of the data; identify which agencies or institutions should be involved in the solution of the problem; identify which interventions are in place and need to be implemented and evaluated; produce a strategic plan for the establishment and/or improvement of injury prevention programs in such areas; and present such a plan to authorities in a compelling manner.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Full Course
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Provider:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Provider Set:
JHSPH OpenCourseWare
Author:
Hyder, Adnan
Segui-Gomez, Maria
Statistical Reasoning II
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Statistical Reasoning in Public Health II provides an introduction to selected important ...

Statistical Reasoning in Public Health II provides an introduction to selected important topics in biostatistical concepts and reasoning through lectures, exercises, and bulletin board discussions. The course builds on the material in Statistical Reasoning in Public Health I , extending the statistical procedures discussed in that course to the multivariate realm, via multiple regression methods. New topics, such as methods for clinical diagnostic testing, and univariate, bivariate, and multivariate techniques for survival analysis will also be covered. These topics will be reinforced with many "real-life" examples drawn from recent biomedical literature. While there are some formulae and computational elements to the course, the emphasis is again on interpretation and concepts.

Subject:
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Full Course
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Provider:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Provider Set:
JHSPH OpenCourseWare
Author:
McGready, John
Immunization Hesitancy: A Rising Tide that Challenges the Public Health
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Societal support for traditional childhood immunization is changing. Increasingly, parents are renegotiating ...

Societal support for traditional childhood immunization is changing. Increasingly, parents are renegotiating recommended immunization schedules with pediatricians. Marcuse, also associate medical director at Seattle Children's Hospital, discusses this hesitancy and the potential consequences for disease prevention. In this videotaped lecture, he also addresses balancing parental rights with protecting public health. This lecture was part of the Howard A. Schneiderman Memorial Bioethics Lecture Series, which began in 1990 with an endowment from Schneiderman, the third biological sciences school dean. The series brings renowned experts to UCI to speak about the social and ethical implications of advances in biology and medicine.

Material Type:
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Provider:
U.C. Irvine
Provider Set:
U.C. Irvine OpenCourseWare
Author:
Edgar K. Marcuse M.D. M.P.H.
History of Tropical Medicine at Oxford Series
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Every year more than 10 million children under the age of five ...

Every year more than 10 million children under the age of five die in developing countries, nearly a million from malaria alone. Every day more than 2500 people die of malaria, most of them children. These are the statistics that help drive the tenacious work of Oxford researchers in tropical medicine. The genesis of OxfordŐs involvement goes back to a conversation over a bottle of whiskey, between David Weatherall and Peter Williams, the then Director of the Wellcome Trust, in New York in 1977. This led to David Warrell establishing the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok and Weatherall, in the words of Peter Williams, became the ŇFairy God MotherÓ of the Oxford researchers who went to work in the tropics. Today Oxford medicine has a presence in India, China, South East Asia, Africa and South America. It is one Oxford UniversityŐs major contemporary achievements and it has given the university a global presence.

Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Oxford
Provider Set:
University of Oxford Podcasts
Author:
Brain Angus
Conrad Keating
Kevin Marsh
Sarah Rowland-Jones
Sir David Weatherall
Fundamentals of Oncology for Public Health Practitioners
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Lectures by current practitioners of cancer prevention control in clinical oncology cover ...

Lectures by current practitioners of cancer prevention control in clinical oncology cover the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention/screening measures used for cancers such as lung, breast, prostate, colon/rectal, etc.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Full Course
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Provider:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Provider Set:
JHSPH OpenCourseWare
Author:
Bruce Trock