About the Course

Epidemiology

  • Grade 9+
  • CTY-Level

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

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level or CTY-Level
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Course Prerequisites

Epidemiology requires:

1 prerequisite

CTY’s Fast-Paced High School Biology or at least a B in first-year high school biology

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)

Financial Aid is available

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Course Materials

Students should bring basic school supplies like pens, notebooks, and folders to their summer program. You will be notified of any additional items needed before the course begins. All other materials will be provided by CTY.
 

Sample Reading

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

Technical Requirements

Students must bring a tablet, laptop computer, or Chromebook for use during the session. A smartphone will not be sufficient.

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