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Health Emergency Response to a Pandemic: An Integrated Social Science Perspective

Explore the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to understand how to manage health emergencies and make informed decisions.

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Health Emergency Response to a Pandemic: An Integrated Social Science Perspective

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Unpack health emergency response

The COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented global crisis, causing wide scale disruptions. On this four-week course, you’ll discover the many lessons learned during the pandemic – from crisis governance to online misinformation on social media.

Delving into real-life case studies, you’ll learn to make sense of COVID-19 data and learn about behavioural and epidemiological modelling and various data visualisation techniques.

Guided by experts, you’ll understand the issues caused by the pandemic and the solutions to help better manage health emergencies.

Explore governance in pandemics

On both global and local levels, governance during the pandemic took on a role we have never seen before.

You’ll delve into crisis governance to gain an understanding of decision-making during this trying time.

You’ll also explore societal resilience in times of crisis and how you can strengthen your own crisis response.

Understand the importance of the medical supply chain

Securing a medical supply chain is imperative in a health emergency response such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

You’ll unpack the disruptions that occurred in the medical supply chains, how to ensure preparedness, and appropriately respond to such disruptions.

You’ll also learn how to successfully secure medical supply chains using innovative solutions such as unmanned-aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones.

Learn how to prevent the spread of misinformation

Social media platforms played a significant role in the spread of misinformation during the pandemic. You’ll explore social media analytics to understand how this happened and learn to fact check on social media to identify misinformation.

By the end of the course, you’ll understand how to use the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to better prepare for future crises.

Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds The Covid 19 pandemic has wrecked havoc across the globe. Many lives were lost, stock markets crashed, the world came to a standstill. The course, Health Emergency Response to a Pandemic, brings together the lessons learned in combating this unprecedented global crisis in the areas of governance, epidemiological and behavioral modeling, medical supply chain management, and social media analytics. This course benefits a wide variety of audiences, individuals and organizations responding to pandemics, medical professionals, decision makers in local, national and international organizations, professionals of non-governmental organizations, students aspiring to work in this context. Learn together with researchers from four top European universities.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds The course content is based on research conducted between 2020 and 2022 in a project titled Health Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems, funded by European Union under the Horizon 2020 program. We hope to see you join us on the course.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Making sense of COVID data, models and their visualisation

    • Welcome to the course!

      This activity introduces you to the course Health Emergency Response to a Pandemic. You also get to know the course's lead educators and introduce yourself to us!

    • Introduction to Week 1

      This activity introduces you to what you will be learning this week and who you will be learning with.

    • Healthcare data

      This activity introduces you to healthcare data and considerations with COVID-19 health data and utilisation. It also provides a healthcare use case.

    • Computational models and how to use them

      During the Covid pandemic, many scholars published papers with models that can predict, e.g., the number of positively tested individuals in two weeks. But what are those models? How do they work? Are they magic “crystal balls”?

    • Visualisations of COVID-19 data and models

      The availability of data and models changes the game in terms of how we can respond to a pandemic. This activity will guide you through various visualisation techniques that transform data into actionable information.

    • Wrap-up of Week 1

      A short recap of what you have learned during the week and a chance to quiz yourself on what you have learned during the week.

  • Week 2

    Governance in pandemics

    • Introduction to Week 2

      This activity introduces you to what you will be learning this week and who you will be learning with.

    • Crisis Governance

      In this activity, you will be introduced to the theory around crisis governance, and different forms of crisis responses that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Societal resilience in times of crisis

      In this activity, you will learn about societal resilience and vulnerability in crisis governance. You will also learn about different manifestations of resilience in a slow-burning crisis compared to an acute crisis.

    • Using visual methods

      This activity introduces you to a case study about the COVID-19 pandemic in Dutch secondary schools. It shows how visual methods can contribute to community engagement.

    • What can we learn from Covid-19 crisis governance?

      In this activity, you will be asked to put the theories from previous activities to use in formulating policy recommendations within your own field of work.

    • Wrap-up of Week 2

      A short recap of what you have learned during the week and a chance to test your knowledge of what you have learned during the week.

  • Week 3

    Securing medical supply chains

    • Introduction to Week 3

      This activity introduces you to what you will be learning this week and who you will be learning with.

    • Understanding medical supply chains

      This activity introduces you to medical supply chains as well as their special characteristics.

    • Disruptions, preparedness, and response

      This activity introduces you to disruptions, preparedness, and response in the medical supply chain. You also hear about the responses during the COVID-19 pandemic from the first responders.

    • The last-mile delivery for securing medical supplies

      In this activity, you learn about the challenges and solutions for last-mile deliveries in the medical supply chain.

    • Impact of COVID-19 on the medical supply chain

      In this activity, you learn about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the medical supply chain and the lessons learned.

    • Wrap-up of Week 3

      A short recap of what you have learned during the week and a chance to quiz yourself on what you have learned during the week.

  • Week 4

    Social media analytics of misinformation spread in pandemics

    • Introduction to Week 4

      This activity introduces you to what you will be learning this week and who you will be learning with.

    • Understanding misinformation

      This activity introduces you to misinformation online and its types.

    • Social media analysis in misinformation research

      This activity introduces how misinformation is researched and some of the different approaches used to mitigate it. In particular, we focus on information that people see on social media. 

    • Source credibility and trust

      In this activity, we introduce a tool to help people assess the credibility of their sources. 

    • Trends and patterns of misinformation and fact-checking

      In this activity, we will be exploring ways to amplify the work of fact-checkers in understanding the flow of information and the potential impact of fact-checking on misinformation spread. 

    • Wrap-up of Week 4

      A short recap of what you have learned during the week and a chance to quiz yourself on what you have learned during the week.

    • Course wrap-up

      A summary of what you have learned during the course and a final test of the course material for upgraded learners.

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If you'd like to take part while our educators are leading the course, they'll be joining the discussions, in the comments, between these dates:

  • 18 Mar 2024 - 14 Apr 2024

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Evaluate different pandemic scenarios and make decisions under uncertainty.
  • Identify governance issues during a pandemic and evaluate various pandemic responses.
  • Discuss issues and potential solutions in medical logistics during a pandemic.
  • Identify negative effects of misinformation during emergency response situations.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for individuals and organisations responding to pandemics.

You could be a medical professional, a decision-maker in government, or a student aspiring to work in this context.

Who will you learn with?

Gyöngyi Kovács is the Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics, and founding Director of the HUMLOG Institute.

www.hanken.fi/humloginstitute
https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/jhlscm.htm

Kees Boersma, PhD is Professor of socio-technical innovation and societal resilience at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is interested in sustainable solutions for crisis and disaster problems.

Professor in Decision Theory & ICT for Resilience at the TU Delft. Working with the HERoS Team on Behavioural models for the Covid19 pandemic.

Director of the Knowledge Media institute at The Open University, UK. Leads the Social Data Science interdisciplinary research group.

Sudipa Sarker is an educator, researcher, and advisor in the field of supply chain management.

Who developed the course?

Hanken School of Economics

Hanken is a triple crown accredited Finnish university with long experience in education and research in business. Located in Helsinki and Vaasa, Hanken has 2,500 students from all around the world.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s English department at Amsterdam offers first-class education and cutting-edge research in variation and change in the English language and English literature.

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

With the mission of Educating the World, the TU Delft Extension School for Continuing Education offers online courses to equip people to solve today’s global challenges and pursue career goals.

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    1842
  • Location

    Delft, The Netherlands

Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

    1969
  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK

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