Program Content & Schedule

Surviving and Thriving in a Pandemic

Pandemics are prolonged crises that require innovation and versatility from public agencies and business leaders to quickly absorb new knowledge, build new networks, and reorganize their operations. But pandemics are not mysteries: Knowing key dynamics, such as how a pandemic impacts supply chains, workforce availability, or schools, and what to expect from different pandemic waves, is key to building this versatility.  

Program Schedule

Meeting twice a week over six weeks, you will engage with experts in business, science, and policy to draw out what they have learned during the pandemic in live conversations with Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health and one of the country’s foremost public health experts, as well as engaging with fellow participants working on diverse pandemic challenges.

Attend Live Online Sessions & Access Recordings

While this course is built for live attendance, we understand that making it to each session may be difficult for some. Presentations and discussions with speakers will be available as recordings. Facilitator-led peer-to-peer breakouts will not be recorded.
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Week # Date Time Session Topics (Subject to Change)
1 Feb 16, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Why Pandemics Matter
  Feb 18, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Surveillance: Data and pandemics
2 Feb 23, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Testing: Slipups, Symptoms, and Certainty
  Feb 25, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Supply Chains
3 March 2, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Trade-Offs
  March 4, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Pandemic Misinformation
4 March 9, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Pandemics Communications
  March 11, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Health Inequity
5 March 16, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Vaccines
  March 18, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Resilience
6 March 23, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST The Next Pandemic
  March 25, 2021 4:30PM-6:00PM EST Concluding Summary

Learning Objectives

The goal of this course is to build your capacity to:

  • Keep people safe
  • Keep infection rates low 
  • Keep businesses open
  • Source PPE for healthcare workers
  • Source Covid-19 tests for disease surveillance
  • Manage food supplies to avoid shortages

    You will also learn to:

    • Evaluate key pandemic policy choices made at different levels
    • Identify key stakeholders and milestones in managing the response to the virus
    • Deepen your understanding of the pandemic’s influence in your industry
    • Engage new partners and cross-sectoral collaborations to mitigate pandemic impact 
    • Effectively communicate health messages and difficult tradeoffs
    • Assess the impact of misinformation on your sector and use best practices strategies to respond 
    • Understand the “new normal”
    • Assess the potential for future pandemic impact in your work