Area universities will be getting back into the swing of things next week with the start of the fall semester.
It's back to home work, studying for tests, and preparing for a zombie apocalypse?
"The title of it is zombie outbreak, but the underlying foundation of the course is introducing students to the public health emergency response system" says Kent State Professor John Staley.
The "zombie outbreak" obviously being a hypothetical situation.
The course aims to prepare students for events that would effect public health ranging from salmonella outbreaks to natural disasters.
The course also asks an interesting question, "What would really happen if you had to bring everyone to the table? Public health, Law enforcement , Fire, EMS, Health Department" says Staley.
The popular cable show "The Walking Dead" and recent movies such as "World War Z," along with other zombie pop-culture references capture the attention of students and also begs the question, what do you need in case of an emergency?
Staley says "Having students play actual roles in a response. They might play the mayor, or councilmen, or the fire chief or the police chief , and then we bring in people in those actual roles. Then see what the students did, and then offer in-site into how it would play out."
Staley commented on the feed back from students, saying "We've had a lot of really good feed back. We offered the course for the first time in the spring, and we've had fabulous feed back."
You can find more on the web at Kent.edu.