Infectious diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and their impact is often one of mass hysteria. This interdisciplinary course will provide an introduction to epidemiology including methods of communicability prevention and public health response. Major epidemics will be explored such as the plague smallpox tuberculosis and the historical impacts on society and public health influences. Students will have an opportunity to research an infectious disease and explore the history and current trends and examine the question of the world's readiness for the next epidemic. This course is appropriate for anyone preparing to work in a community setting including nurses social workers teachers athletic trainers and more