As the risk of biological agent attacks and epidemics increases in the 21st century, so too does the need to build knowledge of how to identify and respond to these events.
UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine will this month hold free a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on biosecurity and bioterrorism, which is drawing people from a wide range of backgrounds with an interest in understanding the security environment of the future.
The course follows UNSW research published earlier this month, showing the increase in risk of a major flu pandemic.
Associate Professor David Heslop says there are also emerging diseases – things like Ebola, Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya – which appear to be more troubling now as the human population grows and spreads.
Bioterrorism and Biosecurity: Public Health Dimensions, runs for four weeks from Monday 24 April and includes the participation of key UNSW experts Professor Raina MacIntyre, Dr David Muscatello and Associate Professor David Heslop.