Epidemics: Chapter for Beginning Population Studies

Epidemics: Chapter for Beginning Population Studies

What will be the next great global pandemic? This is a question that is leading governments to invest in global health security and research on emerging and novel pathogens. In this talk I will present an overview of the draft chapter on Epidemics for the Beginning Population Studies text book. This chapter is an update and expansion on the chapter written by Jack Caldwell in 2006. Epidemics and Demography are closely tied. I will reflect on the past great pandemics that spread throughout Europe and the world largely unchecked wiping out up to one third of the population and the Influenza pandemic that was estimated to infect half of the world’s population but had a low case fatality rate. I will discuss the more recent HIV/AIDS pandemic which has been classified as one of the worst demographic shocks to affect the world in recent history. In conclusion I will draw attention to the speed at which pathogens are able to cross our very porous international borders, the global panic that the recent Ebola virus disease epidemic triggered and future predictions with respect to the next great pandemic.

Dr Housen is an epidemiologist and registered nurse specialising in international health. Currently Dr Housen is a research fellow on the Masters of Applied Epidemiology program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health where she supervisors and mentors scholars to complete projects on outbreak response, disease surveillance, field epidemiological studies and data analysis. Dr Housen has a specific interest in cultural engagement and the transfer of knowledge and skills during the international response to humanitarian emergencies. Her research interests include cross-cultural mixed methods research to inform policy and culturally relevant best practice in health care delivery and research promoting evidence-based practice in humanitarian action.


Date & time

Fri 28 Sep 2018, 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Jean Martin Room, Beryl Rawson Bldg 13, Ellery Crescent, ANU


Dr Tambri Housen, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health


Susan Cowan
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