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An Examination of Coronavirus COVID-19


About This Course

Open Date: March 5, 2020

Duration: Self-Paced

Credit: Digital participation certificate (optional)

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic at the end of 2019 continues to be a a disease of very grave threat for the world but there is a realistic chance of stopping it (WHO, 2020). St. George’s University whose mission includes shaping the future of the world with knowledge joins the global community to respond to the challenge present by COVID-19 by offering an open access online course exploring its global context, microbiology, medical treatment and prevention and control response.

This course will consist of lectures, readings, and discussion from a range of experts with knowledge of the disease and experience in the field. Our understanding of this new strain of virus is quickly evolving, and this course provides an opportunity to bring together the latest knowledge in disparate fields to examine the current impact of the virus and our options to mitigate this public health threat. If you work in the field of public health or simply want to know more about this disease, we encourage you to join the course.

  • Module 1: The Global Context of COVID-19
  • Module 2: Microbiology and Transmission of COVID-19
  • Module 3: Treatement and Management of COVID-19
  • Module 4: International Health Regulations
  • Monthly Live Panels

What we will examine in this course:

  • Origins of COVID-19
  • Pandemic Potential for the virus
  • Microbiology (structure, replication, mode of transmission, diagnosis, pathogenicity and treatment)
  • Determinants and Distribution of the Outbreak
  • Situational analysis on the medical response to cases of COVID-19
  • Developing strategies and policies for prevention and control of the outbreak.
  • Discussions and live Q&A with peers and presenters

Course Methodology

This course is a blended learning experience comprising of recorded lectures, discussion blogs, some assessment, and the chance for live Q&A. Any live sessions will be recorded and made available on the course website for later viewing. Students who complete all course activities can receive a digital certificate of participation.


Upon successfully completing the requirements for the course, students can elect to receive a digital certificate of participation. The certificate is free, but does not designate any kind of official credit by SGU or any other organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the course free?

The course and access to all the content is absolutely free.

What Materials are Required?

All required course material will be made available on SGU Online. You will be asked to download a small, free application called ZOOM if you choose to join the live video sessions.

Who should take this course?

Anyone looking to learn more about the COVID-19 virus will benefit from this course. The lectures will be appropriate for the "lay person" without a science background. We especially encourage anyone working in the field of public health to participate.

How can I learn more about an MPH degree from SGU?

Anyone who is interested in SGU's public health programs is welcome to learn more at our SGU MPH Website