Introduction

How can we eradicate malaria? Explore the scientific and technological underpinnings of malaria, as well as the historical, political, social, and economic contexts in which control, elimination, and eradication efforts unfold.

Through foundational lectures and supplemental interviews, this course provides participants with a toolbox of knowledge and skills. Learners will be guided through the analysis of real-world data and its effective use in problem-solving. Analytical approaches focus on how to develop and implement evidence-based intervention strategies to contribute to national and local malaria eradication efforts.

The target audience for the course includes those with an interest in gaining the technical expertise and leadership skills needed to work in global health and malaria programs around the world.

The self-paced nature of the course will allow learners to access it at their convenience.

What you'll learn:

  • The biology of the malaria parasite, the mosquito vector, and the human host
  • The challenges of eradicating malaria in complex ecosystems
  • Scientific and technological approaches for malaria control and elimination
  • Historical, political, social, and economic contexts of malaria control, elimination, and eradication efforts
  • How health systems effectively monitor and respond to malaria

Meet The Author

Marcia Castro

Marcia Castro

Professor of Demography, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Marcia Castro, PhD, is Associate Professor of Demography in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the development and use of multidisciplinary approaches to identify determinants of malaria transmission in different ecological settings and to provide evidence for the impact of malaria control policies. She also studies the health, social, and environmental impacts of development in the Brazilian Amazon.

Flaminia Catteruccia

Flaminia Catteruccia

Associate Professor, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Flaminia Catteruccia, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Professor Catteruccia is a molecular entomologist who studies reproductive biology of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes and factors that shape the development of malaria parasites in mosquitoes. Her research aims at answering basic biological questions as well as developing new tools for malaria control programs.

Michael Reich

Michael Reich

Taro Takemi Research Professor of International Health Policy , Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Michael R. Reich, PhD, is the Taro Takemi Research Professor of International Health Policy in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Professor Reich, who joined the Harvard faculty in 1983, researches and advises on the political dimensions of public health policy, health system reform, and pharmaceutical policy. His recent book is Governing Health Systems: For Nations and Communities Around the World (co-edited with Keizo Takemi, 2015). 

Marcel Tanner

Marcel Tanner

Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology, University of Basel

Marcel Tanner, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the University of Basel and Adjunct Professor at the Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland, and the Director Emeritus of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Professor Tanner’s research has ranged over the past four decades from basic research on the cell biology and immunology of malaria, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis and filariasis to epidemiological and public health research on risk assessment, vulnerability, health impact, and district health planning. He is the Chair of the Board of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi).

Sarah Volkman

Sarah Volkman

Principal Research Scientist, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Sarah Volkman, ScD, is Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Nursing at Simmons College. Dr. Volkman is an expert on the mechanisms of resistance to anti-malarial drugs; her research centers on understanding genetic variation among malaria parasites. She is currently working toward the development of a genetic Diversity Map for P. falciparum.

Dyann Wirth

Dyann Wirth

Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases and Chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dyann Wirth, PhD, is the Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases and Chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Professor Wirth has been a leader in the area of malaria research for more than thirty years. Her work has provided completely new insight into how the malaria parasite has evolved, specifically in the areas of population biology, drug resistance, and antigenicity.

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