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COVID-19 & Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Native American Communities

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, July 20, 2020
End Date
Friday, July 31, 2020
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 12:00 - 1:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Next Offered
Only offered in 2020
Provides an introduction to infectious disease epidemiology and outbreak response, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic in Native American communities. Discusses the many determinants (biologic, social, environmental, etc.) that influence pandemic progression and impact on Tribal communities. Includes the biology and epidemiology of the virus, assessments of disease severity and spread, and identification of risk factors and disparities that result in disproportion morbidity and mortality in resource-limited settings. Students learn the key steps involved in identifying and assessing an outbreak, and the key players and processes involved in public health response.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply major foundational concepts of infectious disease epidemiology to evaluate the specific epidemiology of SARS CoV-2 and COVID-19
  2. Describe the determinants/risk factors for COVID-19 spread and the impact of the pandemic on individuals and communities in resource limited settings, specifically focusing on Native American communities and context specific social determinants/risk factors for COVID-19 related to physical, mental and behavioral health and health systems
  3. Contribute to COVID-19 outbreak/pandemic response at the community level, with a specific understanding of the key players and considerations involved in Native American settings
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 60% Problem sets
  • 30% Final Project
Special Comments

The course will move to a virtual format in 2-hour sessions using Zoom during two weeks. Students are expected to use a laptop computer with working WIFI/Internet access.