MalariaX: Defeating Malaria from the Genes to the Globe
How can we eradicate malaria, a disease that has caused more deaths than the two world wars combined? Can modern data science help us in eliminating this mosquito-borne disease? How do the biology, ecology, and epidemiology of the malaria-causing parasites Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax differ? Explore the scientific and technological underpinnings of malaria, as well as the historical, political, social, and economic contexts in which control, elimination, and eradication efforts unfold.
Through foundational lectures, case studies, SimState scenarios, and interviews with experts, MalariaX provides learners with a toolbox of knowledge and analytical skills to understand one of the deadliest diseases ever known. By exploring multidisciplinary aspects of malaria, this course demonstrates how understanding social and economic factors is crucial to developing a successful integrated approach to national and local malaria eradication efforts. Learners will be guided through the analysis of real-world data and its effective use in the development of context-specific interventions to achieve sustainable and equitable impact against malaria.
MalariaX contains new findings, examines recent innovations in prevention and treatment, and explores the knowledge gap for tackling malaria. This course also explores how data is used to model malaria transmission dynamics, evaluate the different strategies used to eliminate this disease, and inform decision-making to achieve a malaria-free world.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
Undergraduate-level biology and quantitative methods
- Setting the Stage for Malaria Elimination
- The Biology of Malaria, Part 1
- The Biology of Malaria, Part 2
- Vector Biology and the Dynamics of Malaria Transmission
- The Dynamics of Malaria Transmission
- Genomic Approaches to Malaria Elimination
- Social, Cultural, Behavioral, and Environmental Determinants of Malaria
- Political Analysis for Malaria
- Malaria Control and Elimination: Surveillance-Response Approaches
- Stratification: The Science of Malaria Elimination
- Modern Data Science Approaches to Malaria
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Harvard University, a partner institute of EdX.
3-5 hours per week
- Verified Track -$99
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Gain insights on the biology of the malaria parasite, the mosquito vector, and the human host
- Understand how new genomic tools and molecular epidemiology approaches can improve decision-making to inform local and national malaria policymaking
- Explore the impact of drug and insecticide resistance on malaria control and eradication programs and advances in vaccine and drug development
- Apply modern data science strategies to measure how well different malaria interventions work in different settings
- Maximize the impact of available resources through enhanced targeting and improved efficiency of malaria interventions
- Incorporate core principles of adaptive surveillance systems to monitor and respond to malaria for the purpose of disease elimination and attainment of malaria-free status
- Understand the historical, political, behavioral, and socio-economic contexts of malaria control, elimination, and eradication efforts
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