Drones in Public Health Online Course

The use of drones (or UAVs) in the public health context is relatively new but has been growing significantly over the past few years. Drones 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, drones are being used to provide real time-imaging, collect data and map large areas quickly.

This online course gives an understanding of how drones can be used in public health, with a focus on environmental monitoring and data collection to prevent future pandemics and epidemics. It serves as an introduction to government officials, agencies, and organizations interested in utilizing drones to improve their prevention strategies and operations.

Using Drones to Prevent Pandemics and Epidemics

Session Dates: June 7 – July 7, 2021

Location: Online

Cost:  $995

Duration: 4 weeks/12-15 hours

Program Objectives

  • Understand the growing use of drones in public health and related fields
  • Identify how drones can be used for environmental monitoring and data collection to prevent the spread of disease
  • Discover if drones could benefit your strategy and operations
  • Consider how drones can reduce and/or exacerbate inequalities in global health

Who Should Attend

This program is for government officials, agencies, and organizations interested in utilizing drones to improve their operations in public health.

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 12 to 15-hour online course fits perfectly into any busy schedule as it can be taken at your own pace over the course period. It includes online video lectures, industry case studies, readings, group discussions, and a live session with course instructors.


Shubha Kumar is Director of Education & Training and Associate Professor at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She also directs and teaches in the USC Master of Public Health (MPH) 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 tech company on a mission to create a better future with drones through the world’s first Crowddroning Platform. In collaboration with the United Nations, notable research agencies and global corporations, GLOBHE is transforming the way cutting edge technology is solving pressing challenges around the world. Helena has been named “World’s Top 50 Women in Tech” by Forbes, received Swede of the Year in Innovation 2020, ranked among the top 100 young business leaders in Sweden, named among the “Top Women to Watch in the Drone Industry”, and has been featured as the “Drone Queen” on BBC.

Fees & Registration

$995 includes tuition and course materials.

Registration for this course has been extended to June 13, 2021.

Register for this course: register now (enter code: dronescourse)

For questions about registration, please contact William Jardell at jardell@usc.edu.