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Like no other event in recent history, the 2014 Ebola outbreak has made clear the fragility of existing health systems. While responding to the current epidemic is critical, we also have an opportunity to learn lessons to prevent the next global health catastrophe, forge partnerships across borders and disciplines, and demonstrate our commitment to value all human lives.

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This four-week course provides the context in which to understand the Ebola outbreak -- why now, and why did so many people suffer and die? The course lays out the global governance structure -- what was the global response supposed to look like, and where did it fail? 

The course will feature practitioners, experts, and scholars who will focus on cultivating a better understanding of the Ebola epidemic and implications for future health systems to ensure that the world is more effective in preventing the next pandemic.

What you'll learn:

  • What happened during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa?
  • What were the local challenges faced by patients, clinicians, and national policy makers?
  • Why did the international response fail to halt Ebola and prevent its spread?
  • How do we prevent the next the pandemic?

Meet The Author

Ashish Jha

Ashish Jha

Professor of Health Policy

Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H. is the K. T. Li Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a practicing Internal Medicine physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System and the Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. Over the past five years, he has served as Special Advisor for Quality and Safety to the Department of Veterans Affairs. His major research interests lie in improving the quality and costs of healthcare with a specific focus on the impact of state and federal policy efforts. Motivated by these interests, he founded the Harvard Initiative on Global Health Quality. His work has focused on four primary areas: public reporting, pay-for-performance, health information technology, and leadership, and the roles they play in effecting the delivery of high quality care in the U.S. healthcare system and globally. Dr. Jha received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. He completed his General Medicine fellowship from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and received his M.P.H. from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 


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