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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.
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
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
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.
We would appreciate feedback.
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