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Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Located in Atlanta, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is probably the most recognized health institution in the world. It’s also one of Georgia’s biggest employers! Along with Teachable Moments about the CDC’s history, and definitions of epidemiology, mutation, and antibiotic resistance, we also learn that you don’t need a doctorate in biology to work here.

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    1. We already have doctors and hospitals. Why do we need a center to focus on public health? What's the difference between your health and public health?

    2. How can epidemiology benefit public health?

    3. What is the connection between not finishing your medication and public health?

    4. More and more people are wearing devices that collect biometric information about their health. What are the costs and benefits of this trend?



    Malaria: a serious disease that causes chills and fever and that is passed from one person to another by the bite of mosquitoes

    HIV: (human immunodeficiency virus) a virus that causes AIDS

    AIDS: (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) a serious disease of the immune system that is caused by infection with a virus

    Salmonella: a kind of bacteria that is sometimes in food and that makes people sick

    Symptom: a change in the body or mind which indicates that a disease is present

    Bacteria: any one of a group of very small living things that often cause disease

    Informatics: practice of information processing and the engineering of information systems

    Epidemiology: the study of how disease spreads and can be controlled 

    Mutation: a change in the genes of a plant or animal that causes physical characteristics that are different from what is normal 

    DNA: (deoxyribonucleic acid) a substance that carries genetic information in the cells of plants and animals

    Antibiotic: a drug that is used to kill harmful bacteria and to cure infections

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Special Thanks

Susan Laird, Nasheka Powell, Nakesha Speed, City of Atlanta

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