Public Health Issues Online Educational Game (20140243, Dr. Rhonda Jones-Webb)

Technology No. 20140243

Virtual Epidemic Teaches about Public Health Issues and Practices

Epidemic! is an online game that educates users about the essential work performed by public health professionals through simulating tasks performed by a team of public health professionals during an epidemic. Each player chooses a role and then works with other players to stop the spread of the disease while facing real-world decisions and challenges. As the epidemic progresses, players must try to figure out its cause and contain it. Epidemic! can be used in a classroom setting for students to work together in the exploration of the public health field and learn more about public health careers. An instructor’s guide with ideas for using Epidemic! in the classroom is available at the website.


  • Helps to educate users about public health issues and practices
  • Gives users the chance to interact with others in an educational setting
  • Wide variety of platforms supported by the game

Phase of Development Epidemic! is available online at the Epidemic! website.

System Requirements the game requires Internet access and can be played on desktop and laptop computers, as well as tablet devices.

Rhonda Jones-Webb, DrPH, MPH
Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health
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Jamie Stang, PhD, MPH, RD
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health
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