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SS/R: Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic: From Epidemiology to Policy

Barcelona, Spain
Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this course was held in a virtual/online format.
2nd Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method
Start Date
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
End Date
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Class Time(s)
Tuesday, 9:00am - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Next Offered
Only offered in 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic is a once in a life-time public health emergency, impacting all elements of our lives and the field of public health
Enhances knowledge about the emergence of novel severe acute respiratory syndrome 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19. Discusses cutting edge knowledge about virology and epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2, and its clinical presentation and treatment. Examines key policy and ethical challenges in managing this pandemic that require us to balance individual liberty with public safety.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe key characteristics of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, including epidemiology and virology
  2. Assess non-pharmaceutical interventions implemented to managed the pandemic in the context of historical epidemics
  3. Explain immunization and therapeutic strategies to treat COVID-19
  4. Identify and discuss key ethical, legal and system challenges in responding to COVID-19
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Participation
  • 50% Reflection
Special Comments

Students are expected to listen to four hours of pre-recorded content before November 10, 2020. This course will not be offered in Barcelona, Spain this year but through a combo of pre-recorded lectures and live Zoom sessions (offered at specified times).