Full course description

Course Date:

Ongoing

Duration:

4 weeks

Commitment:

1 hr/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Self-paced

Credential:

Badge

Description

This course is for public health practitioners and laboratory personnel who may be exposed to persons with serious communicable diseases or their body fluids. By increasing awareness about timely and relevant infectious disease threats like SARS, MERS, and novel influenza strains, and by reviewing infection control practices, public health practitioners can better protect themselves in the workplace.

Objectives

  • Review standard and transmission-based infection control measures used to protect healthcare workers from communicable pathogens.
  • Review select past and present illnesses (novel influenza, SARS, MERS) with a focus on the natural course of illness, available vaccines and treatment, and considerations for prevention of transmission of the disease to the healthcare worker.
  • Increase awareness and knowledge of select high-consequence diseases in the workplace and the procedures necessary to protect the healthcare worker in their workplace.

Target Audience: Public health practitioners and laboratory personnel.


Course is offered by Emory University.

Course Instructors

Dr. W. Paul McKinney

Dr. W. Paul McKinney

Instructor

Dr. W. Paul McKinney is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville (UL), where he also serves as Director of the UL Center for Health Hazards Preparedness and the Commonwealth of Kentucky local performance site.

He is board certified in internal medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of both the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.