- Grade 9+
- Science and Engineering
From Covid-19 to HIV to malaria, infectious diseases remain one of the world’s leading causes of death. How do scientists compile and use statistics to combat outbreaks? In this course, you and your classmates will investigate the science and politics of disease, from the roles epidemiologists play in unlocking pandemics’ points of origin to exploring how policymakers address AIDS and the avian flu. You’ll gain insight into the cause and spread of global diseases, the role of scientists in identifying, controlling, and/or preventing them, and the political and ethical implications. You’ll build a foundation in cell, bacterial, and viral biology, evolutionary biology, and pathogenic resistance to drugs, and learn about the tools scientists use—from statistical analysis to computer modeling to biomedical research—and leave the course with a greater understanding of how epidemiologists combat diseases and prepare for future outbreaks. This science-based course also explores the roles the arts and media play in issues of global health, human rights, and stigma associated with infectious disease.
Typical Class Size: 16-18
- Propose a new/next investigation based on an evaluation of evidence from an experiment, design/methods, or other epidemiological research
- Construct representation(s) of epidemiological data (table, graph, infographics, etc.) to identify and describe trends and/or patterns in data and relationships between variables
- Calculate mathematical computations in the field of epidemiology to evaluate means, rates, ratios, percentages confidence intervals and/or error bars to determine whether sample means are statistically different or significant
- Provide reasoning to justify a scientific claim with evidence from larger epidemiological principles, concepts, processes and/or data
- Predict the cause and effects of changes to environmental, socio-economic and political factors as infectious diseases emerge
- Develop an authentic visual representation (model, diagram, flow charts, etc.) to explain epidemiological concepts, theories and principles as it relates to anthropology, and history to inform public policy
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Course PrerequisitesEpidemiology requires:
CTY’s Fast-Paced High School Biology or at least a B in first-year high school biology
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder
- The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett
- The Medical Detectives, Berton Roueché
Students must bring a tablet, laptop computer, or Chromebook for use during the session. A smartphone will not be sufficient.
About Science and Engineering at CTY
Explore space and our planet
In our Introduction to Astronomy course, we’ll visit a nearby observatory or planetarium, see what the cosmos looks like through various spectra, and immerse ourselves in the science and technology that bring the universe closer to home. In Marine Ecology, we’ll visit local wetlands and tidepools, observe flora and fauna, collect water samples and analyze them for clues about their health and humans’ impact. And in The Global Environment, we will explore the human impact on our environment and generate proposals for addressing climate change.
Bond over chemistry
Our chemistry courses help you see the world differently, starting at the atomic level. The Edible World gives budding chefs and science lovers a glimpse into the chemical reactions that happen when we make food, and the chemical makeup of meals and treats we eat every day. In our Crystals and Polymers course, we’ll synthesize slime, grow rock candy, and isolate strawberry DNA to learn about the molecular structure of naturally occurring gems and human-produced plastics. In Chemistry in Society, we’ll consider how the chemicals in products can both enhance and degrade the world around us; produce biodiesel in a lab to understand alternative fuels; and prepare aspirin to learn about the healing and toxic properties of pharmaceuticals.