CDCM PHA STEM Lesson – Learning from Pandemic Flu

In Learning from Pandemic Flu, student scientists continue where Investigating Influenza ended and begin exploring pandemic influenza, including overviews of the 1918, 1957, 1968, and 2009 flu pandemics. Students learn about pandemic preparedness measures and take on the role of a public health official to design effective interventions that will stop or prevent outbreaks, based on actual historic events. Students share their interventions with the public to explain the role of preparedness in minimizing the effects of pandemics.

Topics included in Learning from Pandemic Flu:

  • Characteristics of pandemic flu
  • Historic flu pandemics
  • Disease surveillance and interventions
  • Ethics of public health interventions
  • Public health approach to disease outbreaks
  • Public health communication