Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Airborne Infection Control

This two-week multidisciplinary course offered by Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Division of Global Health Equity; The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Engineering; MASS Design Group; and Partners in Health provides a unique opportunity to build global engineering capacity to help control airborne infections by bringing together a body of technical expertise common to the control of human airborne infections including:

* Tuberculosis (including drug resistant strains)
* H1N1 virus
* Pandemic influenza
* Selected bioterrorism agents

The curriculum will include didactic lectures, laboratory sessions, and interactive workshops focusing on solutions that are feasible and effective for both resource-rich and resource-limited settings. The strategies covered will be applicable to preventing transmission in high-risk spaces including clinics, hospitals, laboratories, and congregate living settings. Experienced faculty from Harvard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and other domestic and international experts will lead the course.

"The program exceeded my expectations and even made me think that I should have attended 2 years back, in order [to] have made a meaningful contribution, and informed suggestions to the ongoing refurbishments and renovations including construction of health facilities in my country. A thirty percent increase in efficiency in my work is foreseen and [we] also hope to see improvement in implementation of future projects, rational use of resources and better quality of health care under a healthy ambience. The program can assist many architects and engineers in our Africa region to be conscious of good ventilation in whatever building they design, but more so for health facilities and hospitals to make them safe places but with adequate amenities."

– Llang Maama, MD, National TB Program Manager, Ministry of Health, Maseru, Lesotho

Project Details

42.335133, -71.10367

Location: Boston, MA, USA

Year: 2015

Status: Completed

Services: Design for Infection Control Course

Harvard University

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health