by Raywat Deonandan, PhD

Pandemics, sometimes referred to as pestilences, have affected humanity since the beginning of history. Multiple sources from many cultures of antiquity include accounts of mass contagions. Some pandemics have been so deadly that they are still remembered, such as the famous black plague of the Middle Ages. Today, the methods employed to study these contagions are more sophisticated, to the point that effective public health interventions can be implemented in time to avoid further spread of the causal pathogen.

In this course, the student will be given an overview of the epidemiological perspective on mass contagions, including a final discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic.

For optimal understanding, the student is required to be familiar with the basics of arithmetic and algebra. Since some concepts may be very abstract to some, it’s encouraged to rewatch some video lectures until the concepts are fully grasped.

Course Details

  • Videos 24
  • Duration 2:21 h
  • Quiz questions 67
  • Concept Pages 2


Your Educators of course Pandemics

 Raywat Deonandan, PhD

Raywat Deonandan, PhD

Dr. Raywat Deonandan is a Global Health Epidemiologist and an Associate Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
He obtained his PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario in 2001. He is also the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, and an award-winning author and journalist.
Dr. Deonandan embraces new media to engage in public education and co-hosts a science education podcast. In 2016, he received the OCUFA Teaching Award, the highest professorial teaching honour in Ontario.
Within Lecturio, he teaches courses on Epidemiology and Biostatistics."

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By Rajesh S. on 03. October 2022 for Pandemics

It was really informative and precise,i loved the lectures

Audio and pace Needs significant improvement
By Nehemiah W. on 22. February 2022 for Basic Reproduction Number R0

I have been following these lectures and this man really needs to drink some water because the mouth sounds are extremely distracting. I am suffering through these lectures because medical school is actually worse and taught on ZOOM and my medical school doesn't seem to believe in actually teaching, but this guy's extra mouth sounds are absolutely dreadful. All he needs to do is lower the mic from out of his mouth to eliminate the extra mouth sounds. I was going to give one star, but it's not like I don't like the content, I just can't concentrate over the mouth sounds. Also speak a bit faster. I don't have all day.

By Ismael V. on 07. July 2021 for Pandemics

Bien explicados los conceptos. Esquemas claros y fáciles de entender. Debiera ser un curso aplicable a muchas instituciones de salud para que se entienda mejor la actual pandemia de COVID 19.