The Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet, and Global Health is designed to provide an overview on epidemiology and the Internet for medical and health-related students around the world. The Supercourse has 18,000 faculty from 151 countries that have created a Library of Lectures with more than 2,000 lectures on the Internet with quality control, and cutting edge cognitive design.
The Supercourse consists of:
1. Information Sharing & Open Source Model: Global academic faculty are developing and beginning to share lectures in the area of public health and the Internet. The concept of a library of lectures for all to use is in many ways similar to that of “freeware” or “open source software” on the computer;
2. Global Health Network: A global Supercourse with 18,000 faculty, called the Global Health Network (GHNet), already exists in 151 countries. It consists largely of faculty members (e.g. deans, chair persons, professors, and associate or assistant professors) from academia;
3. Teaching the Teachers: The Supercourse is not a substitute for existing educational models, but serves as a teaching-support system. It provides high-level lectures to the teachers of students in medical, dental, nursing, and public health schools, etc.;
4. Statistical Quality Assurance: An open peer-review system by the global faculty strengthen the quality of lectures. In addition, all students rate the lectures, the results of which are tracked over time; and, more.
Epidemiology, the Internet, and Global Health