The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, drones) in the public health context is relatively new but has been growing significantly over the last three years. UAVs are being used globally to solve some of the most common health logistics challenges by circumventing problematic infrastructures on the ground, speeding up delivery processes and making supply chains more responsive. In addition, UAVs are being used to provide real time-imaging, collect data and map large areas quickly.

This online course gives an understanding of how UAVs could be used in public health, emergency response and related fields. It serves as an introduction to government agencies and other organizations interested in utilizing drones to improve their operations.

Topics: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones in Public Health
Session Dates: June 4 – June 24, 2018
Location: Online
Cost:  $495
Duration: 3 weeks/6-8 hours

Program Objectives

  • Understand the growing use of UAVs in public health and related fields
  • Recognize when and how to utilize UAVs
  • Learn about different UAV types and technologies
  • Discover if UAVs could benefit your operations
  • Become familiar with UAV regulations

Who Should Attend: This program is intended for professionals working for UN agencies, NGOs, national and local government, research institutions, and others interested in learning how drones can be utilized to improve health delivery and/or emergency response.

Teaching Method: This online course is designed for working professionals to learn the concepts by accessing the content at any time during the course session. This approximately 6 to 8-hour online course fits perfectly into any busy schedule as it can be taken at your own pace over a three-week period. It includes pre-recorded video lectures, interactive case studies, live videoconference sessions with the faculty/subject matter experts (optional), readings and a quiz. Participants will be issued a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Faculty: Shubha Kumar is Director of Education & Training and Assistant Professor at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She also directs and teaches in the USC Master of Public Health Online Program. Her professional and research experience include management and leadership of global health and development programs, strategic planning and evaluation, and health systems strengthening.  She earned her MPH and PhD in public health management and policy from UCLA.

Key Industry Expert: Helena Samsioe is the CEO and Founder of Globhe, a drone service company using drones and AI to create a better future. Currently, in collaboration with the United Nations, GLOBHE is transforming the way cutting edge technology is solving pressing challenges around the world. In 2017 Helena was ranked among the top 100 young business leaders in Sweden, won Female Founder of the Year by Di Digital, named a Top Woman to Watch in the Drone Industry, and was featured as the “Drone Queen” on BBC.

Fees & Registration: $495 includes tuition and course materials. Registration for this course will close 12:00 pm (PT) on May 31, 2018. The course will begin after 9:00 am (PT) on the first day and will close at 11:45 pm (PT) on the last day.

Register for this course at: www.usc.edu/esvp (enter code: dronescourse).