Summer Course Engages High Schoolers in Real-life Outbreak Scenario

Apr 22, 2016 / General News

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Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker will take local high school students on a free global science adventure, without leaving the Illinois campus.

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Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker is a clinical instructor at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Outbreak!” is an advanced four-week summer course that uses the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa to immerse rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the basic principles of public health and infectious disease control.

The course will use online gaming applications and other interactive approaches to educate students about how social issues, such as food insecurity, poverty, and cultural practices, and the interactions between humans, animals, and the environment affect the emergence and spread of infectious disease.

The course meets from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 5 through July 28. Students must have completed at least one semester of high school biology.

Apply online no later than May 30, 2016: http://publish.illinois.edu/grasp/application/

The course is part of the Global Reach Area Studies Program, a new initiative of Illinois-Northwestern African Studies Consortium (CAS-PAS) that seeks to expand perspectives and give students an advantage in the global marketplace. It is offered free of tuition with the support of the Illinois African Studies Consortium, a Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center. There is an option to receive college credit for a fee.

Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker is a clinical instructor at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research interests include veterinary clinical epidemiology and infectious disease outbreak investigation; geographic information systems as a tool for disease surveillance and monitoring environmental impacts of agriculture; and international programs to enhance health and productivity for farmers with limited resources. She holds a veterinary degree and master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a PhD in epidemiology from Michigan State University.