Global Reach Area Studies Program (GRASP): Outbreak! - Summer 2017


Mon, 7/10/2017 - Fri, 8/4/2017
Occurs each week on Tu/W/Th


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Event Type:

Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    For rising soph, junior, & senior HS students who have completed at least 1 semester of HS biology



  • 217-265-5016


Parent Program(s):




Dates & Times

9:00- 11:00am

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from July 10 through August 4, 2017. 

About the course

Attention Disease Detectives!

“Outbreak!” is an advanced four-week summer course for high school students who have completed at least one semester of high school biology and are rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors

Students will learn the basic principles of public health and infectious disease control by studying the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Using a one health approach, students will learn the importance of the interactions between humans, animals and the environment on the emergence of infectious disease outbreaks. The role of social issues such as food insecurity, poverty, and cultural practices on the spread of infectious disease will also be explored. Students will learn to calculate measures of disease spread and severity; identify risk factors for disease; and study the effectiveness of public health interventions such as education, vaccination, isolation, and quarantine. Online gaming applications such as Solve the Outbreak©, Vax!©, and Epidemic©  will be used to reinforce the concepts behind common  disease control strategies. Students will assume the role of public health professionals as they attempt to control the outbreaks. As a final project, students will apply the concepts that they have learned to work in groups to develop outreach and educational materials with public health messaging aimed at reducing the transmission of infectious disease.

Registration & Cost

Apply online  (Application deadline is May 31, 2017, for Outbreak!)

Tuition:  This course is offered free of tuition with the support of the Illinois African Studies Consortium; a Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center.

College Credit (optional):  $276/credit for those students who would like to receive college credit.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Final Deadline May 31, 2017. 

About the Global Reach Area Studies Program (GRASP)

The Global Reach Area Studies Program is a new initiative of Illinois-Northwestern African Studies Consortium (CAS-PAS). Open to secondary school students (entering) grades 7-12 as well as recently graduated seniors, the program offers a diverse array of interdisciplinary international area studies courses for 6 weeks in June and July. GRASP promotes global perspectives, foreign language learning, and cosmopolitan perspectives through an intensive program of academically challenging enrichment offerings.

This new program seeks to use experiential learning, critical pedagogy, and project-based approaches to blend international area studies with STEM, the humanities, social sciences, and the arts for a challenging (credit-bearing) summer college experience that will expand perspectives and give students an advantage in the global marketplace. The program offers four types of courses:

  • Intermediate International Area Studies classes across the disciplines
  • Advanced Area Studies classes across the disciplines
  • Practicums that combine area studies and cultural exploration learning with acquisition of research and/or skills for scientific inquiry, or training in the use of technology, grass roots organization, civic activism, etc.

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