The Covid-19 Pandemic: Virology, Public Health, and Economics
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12 videos

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A strong internet connection that can support viewing

Join Prof. Jeffrey Sachs
for a

course on COVID-19.

Join Prof. Jeffrey Sachs
What can we learn
from the

history of epidemics?

What can we learn
Discuss the
makeup of

SARS-CoV-2 and zoonotic diseases.

Discuss the
Learn how the international cooperation
of global health organizations

effects vaccine development.

Learn how the international cooperation


The course contains recordings of a 12-week class delivered virtually by Jeffrey Sachs to students from Columbia SIPA, University College Dublin, and Sunway University during the September 2020 semester. The videos are available for free in the SDG Academy Library.

The videos series offers a comprehensive analysis of the global Covid-19 pandemic from its beginning to September 2020. It considered the pandemic from multiple perspectives, including: the historical role of epidemics in human history; the basic epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2; the basic virology of SARS-Cov-2; the nature and causes of zoonotic diseases; the efficacy of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) to control the pandemic; a comparative analysis of control measures in different countries; the economic and humanitarian consequences of the pandemic and ways to meliorate the crisis; the economics of vaccine development; and the role of international cooperation and global health institutions.


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Lead Faculty

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    Jeffrey Sachs

    Columbia University

This course is for

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in virology, public health, and economics

Policymakers and professionals who seek to encourage transformational change for sustainable development

Development practitioners who want to understand the broader context of public health and economics


Course logistics and requirements

This series is available for free in the SDG Academy Library.


There is no certificate available for this course.