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AFRO-NETS> Epidemiology Course on the Internet (43)
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> Epidemiology Course on the Internet (43)
- From: "Ronald E. LaPorte" <RLAPORTE@vms.cis.pitt.edu>
- Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 17:20:08 -0500 (EST)
Epidemiology Course on the Internet (43)
we appreciate all the excellent comments on the paper. We hope to sub-
mit it to the BMJ by the end of the week, and to have the "electronic
authorship" as one of the comments beautifully said. I think the prob-
lem will be that people will not think that it is feasible to give a
global course, therefore, I added into this a discussion that in part
lead us to the feasibility of a global course.
In Aug 1994, I and a large number of people world wide got a note from
a graduate student in Alabama about a training course called Road-Map,
a Road-Map for the Information Superhighway. This was a 27 part train-
ing course provided for free to teach students how to use the Internet.
I took this course, I was wondering if anyone else in our group has
taken it, or knows about it. It was a wonderful course, it was very in-
teresting and funny at the same time. The most remarkable thing about
the course is that within a 2 month period, there were 65,000 people
taking the course from 100 different countries. Isn't that fantastic?
It was so large that it kept crashing the Alabama computer center...
Well, what if we could give a training course and have 65,000 pupils in
medical, dental, nursing, veterinary school world wide...Or if it is
tele-praeventive medicine, have a million, 5 million, 20 million people
world-wide learning how to prevent disease.
It is very exciting, and this is what we would want to do...of course
the difficulty is that there may be only one job for an epidemiolo-
gist!! and that epidemiology would teach the course once to 20 million
people...S/he could be fired after that as well (only kidding).
1994 was very primitive with regards to the internet...think of what we
could do now, think of training 8,000 people in Africa, 15,000 in Latin
America, in the area of prevention...It is indeed feasible...
There has been considerable movement with regards to veterinarians.
Maria Correa, and Larry Glickman plan to produce 5-6 lectures. If you
want to join them, it would be great, so as part of the lecture series
there would be common lectures, but also distinctively veterinarian
lectures as well.
Ronald LaPorte, Ph.D.
Director Disease Monitoring and Telecommunications
WHO Collaborating Center
Professor of Epidemiology
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, 15261, USA
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