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Dr. Ami Patel is an adjunct instructor at Jefferson's College of Population Health. She has spent 10 years teaching epidemiology to Jefferson students. Outside of the college she has extensive applied epidemiological experience in both government and industry settings.

Currently, Dr. Patel is an Associate Director of Epidemiology at CSL Behring where she is responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of epidemiology research programs to support product development and lifecycle management activities in immunology, cardiovascular, and transplant therapeutic areas.

Dr. Patel began her 15 year career at the Centers for Disease Control Prevention while in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon receiving her doctoral degree she completed CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellowship.

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This seminar will discuss the basic epidemiology of COVID-19 including SARS-CoV-2 emergence, modes of transmission, and risk factors for infection and severe disease. The current epidemic curve will be presented in the context of current surveillance efforts and an open discussion on additional epidemiological studies will conclude the seminar.


  • Introduce the emergence of COVID 19
  • Detail the overall epidemiology of COVID 19 with a focus on US and local data
  • Describe public health surveillance systems for COVID 19
  • Identify strengths and limitations of surveillance data
  • Illustrate the importance of epidemiological studies in generating evidence for disease control