Emerging Infections of International Public Health Importance

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Emerging Infections of
International Public Health Importance

Welcome to the online course Emerging Infections of International Public Health Importance, a free learning tool offered by APEC EINet.

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The original course began in 1995 as a jointly funded project of the University of Washington and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The University of Washington has been a longstanding partner with the APEC Industrial Science and Technology Working Group in promoting health-related initiatives within the trading community. In fact, the first project approved through the APEC Industrial Science and Working Group (ISTWG) process was the 1998 establishment of the APEC Emerging Infections Network (APEC EINet), an electronic disease alert and information network that now includes 600 members from the APEC region. This was developed for subscribers to APEC EINet and other professionals able to use its Web site http://depts.washington.edu/einet/ for professional development and communications.

The distance learning site for "Emerging Infections" was developed to serve two purposes.

  • to provide information and teaching materials for teachers and other professionals in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in the hope of enhancing collaborative learning about emerging infections among our colleagues in the Pacific Rim. APEC EINet also solicits material from other economies to complement those now on the site.
  • to provide students of public health a structured course for credit through the at the University of Washington. The course was first presented to in-residence graduate students in 1999. Due to its success and demand among students, it has become an ongoing course. The course is also available online as a noncredit self-teaching tool.

We are very grateful to our collaborators who have prepared these excellent lectures and given their time in editing and correcting the online materials. Each of them is expert in the field of their presentation and represents the international nature of this course. These individuals have demonstrated exceptional commitment to international public health training.

We hope you find the course useful in your efforts to understand the growing issues surrounding international emerging infections. Your suggestions for making the course more useful are always welcome.


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