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Training Opportunity: Science and Law: Navigating Through COVID-19

April 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

COVID-19 is a highly infectious coronavirus that jumped from an animal host to humans in late 2019 and subsequently became a pandemic. How did coronaviruses make the leap from animal to human? How is COVID-19 transmitted? What legal and policy interventions are in place to ‘flatten the curve’? With so much information scattered over the internet, where can a repository of reliable data and information on COVID-19—such as transcribed case information that has emerged since the outbreak—be found? Join faculty experts in the fields of biology, medicine, law, and informatics from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and School of Medicine to explore COVID-19 from their unique perspectives. These experts will be available for an extended period of time at the conclusion of their presentations to answer your questions.


  • how the method of transmission and clinical presentation of the COVID-19 virus contributes to community spread;
  • four (4) actions individuals can take to prevent acquiring or spreading the COVID-19 virus;
  • ways in which coronaviruses such as COVID-19 can become highly infectious in humans;
  • how previous coronavirus outbreaks have been controlled and ways in which these approaches can be used to control COVID-19;
  • the interplay between federal, state, and local emergency preparedness and response laws;
  • the power of emergency declarations issued by the president, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, and governors;
  • principles of metadata, data sharing, and population health informatics;
  • the role of data integration in modeling the COVID-19 outbreak;
  • the value of sustainable infrastructure for global health data; and
  • the impact that pre-existing conditions, such as HIV, transplantation and some chronic diseases, may have on the risk of contracting COVID-19.

How to Register:

1. Log on to marphtc.pitt.edu and sign in with your username and password.
2. Navigate to the Training/Upcoming page and select Science and Law: Navigating Through COVID-19 and click the “Enroll” button under Course Registration at the bottom of the page.
3. After you are successfully enrolled, you will receive an email confirmation that contains important information about this course.

Continuing Education Credit:

Continuing Education credits for certified public health professionals
and Certified Health Education Specialists (1.5 hours) are available.
To receive credit, participants must attend the webinar from beginning
to end and complete an evaluation; no partial credit will be given.


April 9, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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