Pandemic Disease and Its Impact on Civilization


Single Day Event: Wednesday, November 8, 10 AM-Noon

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Westminster Hall, DM

Cost: $12

Class Limit: 100


This course will detail the appearance, rise, and decline of pandemic diseases such as plague, cholera, influenza, and syphilis as well as the factors that influence their transmission and spread in the global community. The history and origins of the diseases, zoonotic (animal) factors, and the evolutionary impact on host and causative agents will be discussed. Future risks will be noted in an era when one can board a plane and travel to anywhere in the world in less than a day. Current anxieties over Zika virus infections invite a brief review of this “pandemic” topic as well. Additional topics will include measures of control and prevention and the importance of public health activities in preventing diseases.


Instructor Russell Currier pursued a 35-year career in public health at the Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dr. Currier received DVM and MPH degrees, with emphasis in epidemiology, from the University of Minnesota. His areas of expertise include food-borne diseases, animal and arthropod-vectored diseases, and personal parasites (lice and scabies). Dr. Currier has an avid interest in all things related to medical history and their implications for contemporary society.

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