The 1st New Disease of the 21st Century
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
This case study uses a PowerPoint (~1MB) combined with role-playing to present the epidemiology and pathophysiology of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Students learn about the etiology and pathophysiology of the disease, and then argue different health professionals' perspectives on a plan of action for dealing with its consequences. Developed for a pathophysiology course for undergraduates, the case could also be used in a microbiology course or in a course in public or international health.
- Describe the beginning, spread, etiology, and pathophysiology of SARS.
- Differentiate the virological features of coronaviruses from other microorganisms.
- Understand the significance of geography in health and predict the impact of international diseases.
- Argue different health professional perspectives about one disease.
- Plan actions to take when confronted with a new severe contagious respiratory disease.
- Defend their stance regarding traveling to areas with infectious outbreaks.
KeywordsSevere Acute Respiratory Syndrome; SARS; respiratory disease; infectious disease; contagious disease; contagion; virus; viral infection; coronavirus; pandemic; Foshan City; Guangdong Province; China; Toronto; Canada
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type MethodsInterrupted, Role-Play
Subject HeadingsPublic Health | Microbiology | Epidemiology | Medicine (General) |