CPH alumnus featured in Netflix docuseries

Published on January 29, 2020

A College of Public Health alumnus is featured prominently in a new Netflix documentary series released last week.

The series, “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” bills itself as docuseries in which viewers “meet the heroes on the front lines of the battle against influenza and learn about their efforts to stop the next global outbreak.”

The series consists of six episodes between 40 and 50 minutes in length, and interviews several public health workers working to stop the next global flu epidemic such as the one that killed between 50 million and 100 million people world wide in the aftermath of World War I.

Featured in episodes 3 and 5 is Dr. Ghazi Kayali, who earned his doctorate in epidemiology from the College of Public Health in 2008, and actually mentions the University of Iowa in a segment on the importance of graduate students getting experience in the field. In the documentary, Dr. Kayali and his associates are shown monitoring animal populations for signs of influenza.

The series has gotten considerable media attention, as it premiered on Netflix almost simultaneous to news of the novel coronavirus emerging from Wuhan, China, began to dominate headlines.

The documentary is available to Netflix subscribers at