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Epidemiology 101: free Online Course for Africa-based Journalists

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Want to better understand the science behind COVID-19? Apply for our free Epidemiology 101 course for Africa-based journalists

Application Deadline: 30th June 2020

About the Award: The COVID-19 crisis has put health reporting on the front pages of all media worldwide, but has also raised big challenges with fast-tracked research that is often contradictory, compromised normal standards of scientific peer-review and dissemination, sensationalized media reporting, and confused policy makers making irrational decisions.

All health and science journalists will benefit from understanding the fundamentals of epidemiology, so they can critical read medical research studies and media releases, and report them in an accurate and balanced manner. But many health journalists lack training in epidemiology and public health.

This short, introductory course builds on a similar course (https://www.teachepi.org/courses/epidemiology-for-health-journalists/ 2) offered to Indian health journalists, aims at health/science journalists in Africa, and will use topical examples from COVID-19, to cover issues such as types of epidemiologic studies, how to measure disease frequency and risk, importance of bias and confounding, and review various common study designs, including observational studies and randomized trials. The main emphasis would be on how to consume and critically read literature.

Type: Training

Eligibility: The Course is online and is for Africa-based journalists

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be Taken at (Country): Online

Number of Awards: 50

Value of Award: Free

Duration of Award:

  • Course dates: July 13 to 31, 2020
  • Timings: 90 minutes, Mondays & Thursdays, via Zoom [7 to 8.30 PM South Africa Time]

How to Apply: Apply below

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