Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), identified recently, is a severe lung infection posing a global threat to human health. It is important to understand the nature of this disease and the ways to prevent, respond to, and control outbreaks of MERS. This course is intended for incident managers and personnel working for the United Nations, international organizations and NGOs. The course will take approximately 4 hours to finish. Certificate: At the moment, there is no certificate available for this course; further information will be announced shortly.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 00:00 (UTC)
Language: English
epidemiology, infectious disease

Course information


Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), identified recently, is a severe lung infection posing a global threat to human health. It is important to understand the nature of this disease and the ways to prevent, respond to, and control outbreaks of MERS.

This online course consists of 4 modules.

Module 1: The nature of the virus, its history and impact on human health.

Module 2: Detection, assessment and laboratory investigation of the disease.

Module 3: Strategies to prevent and control MERS outbreaks in communities, healthcare settings and in animals.

Module 4: Risk communication and community engagement considerations, strategies and best practice for a MERS outbreak.

There are resources attached to each module to help you dive further into this topic, and you will take a quiz at the end of the course.

Course contents


  • Pre Test

  • MERS Introduction:

    Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), identified recently, is a severe lung infection posing a global threat to human health. It is important to understand the nature of this disease and the ways to prevent, respond to, and control outbreaks of MERS. This course is intended for incident managers and personnel working for the United nations, international organizations and NGOs.
  • Module A: Introduction to MERS:

    Overall learning objective: To describe the nature of the virus, the disease it causes, its history, and why it is a threat to human health
  • Module B: Detecting MERS: Surveillance and Laboratory investigation:

    Overall learning objective: To describe how to detect and assess a MERS outbreak
  • Module C: Preventing and Responding to MERS:

    Overall learning objective: To describe what strategies are available for preventing and controlling MERS outbreaks
  • Module D: Risk Communication and Community Engagement:

    Overall learning objective: To describe what strategies should be used to communicate risk and engage communities to detect, prevent and respond to MERS
  • Post Test

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