The Special-SOC Epidemics training curriculum is an intended resource for trainers who aim to provide a high-level training on the relevance of social sciences in emerging epidemics related to infectious threats to scholars or professionals with a university level social science background. This work was made by a multi-disciplinary team of social scientists specialized in epidemics with fieldwork experiences in various context. With the curriculum documents, an experienced trainer or team of interdisciplinary teachers, will be able to organize a training. The training consists out of a set of 13 training modules that total five days of training. Each module can be used separately. Additional cases studies from other geographical context could be adapted by local trainers.

The training aims to:

Meet the growing need for social science expertise in the response to emerging epidemics related to infectious threats, through combined theoretical and operational contributions

Provide learners with the tools they need to understand the social, economic, cultural, and political aspects of emerging epidemics

Be a tool to increase the number of social science specialists able to produce and disseminate knowledge on the topic of infectious threats related to epidemics in university or research contexts, provide expertise, and collaborate with public health experts in operational contexts.

The target audience for this manual includes instructors, experts, and researchers in the social sciences (from various disciplines—mainly sociology, anthropology, human geography, history, and qualitative public health) and social science graduate students who are not necessarily specializing in sociology and medical anthropology.

The training can be downloaded freely below. For more information or feedback, please contact crcf.sonar-global@gmail.com.

Download the Special-SOC Epidemics curriculum

This work is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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