This course will focus on the legal, public health and medical challenges presented by the ongoing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Ebola epidemics within the "One Health" paradigm--a more inclusive and integrated 3-part framework that takes into account the health of humans, animals, and the environment. The course will address the legal response to epidemic disease, focusing particularly on the World Health Organization's International Health Regulations and will cover recent developments, such as the critical findings of an independent panel that examined the WHO's response to the Ebola epidemic. In addition, Prof. Lucey will provide his personal perspective based on on-the-ground work in responding to Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, as well as to MERS throughout the Middle East and Korea.
The course will be discussion-based, with course materials including online readings, videos, and other materials. The class will consist of interactive lectures, general discussion, and classroom outbreak simulation ("tabletop") exercises. During these exercises students will be given a fact pattern and assigned a role (e.g., the WHO Director-General, US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) officials, NGOs, etc.) and asked to negotiate with others and come to resolution. Grading will be determined based on a take-home exam along with class participation, including discussion and participation in simulation exercises.