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PennDemic 

A Transdisciplinary Outbreak Simulation for Penn and USciences Students


It is more evident than ever before that teams that respond to an infectious disease outbreaks must include people from a wide array of backgrounds and experience. So what happens if an uncommon disease all of a sudden becomes much more common in the Philadelphia area?  How do we respond?  How do we communicate this to the public?  What happen’s when you lose the public’s trust?

What is PennDemic?

PennDemic is an annual interprofessional education (IPE) simulation that invites students from across both UPenn and USciences who are interested in learning more about disaster and emergency preparedness to participate. PennDemic brings teams of students together to address issues that could arise during an emergency situation.

The diverse teams explore solutions to issues using the expertise of its team members. Groups are facilitated by faculty who assist in moving the groups decision making forward, while allowing the group members to drive the conversations and to problem solving, capitalizing on the strengths of its team members. Community and government officials who engage in and prepare for these types of situations on a daily basis are available to provide their insight and expertise to the discussions.

Want to learn more?

We have created scenario planning materials based on the PennDemic events we've held. If you are interested in learning more about scenario planning, fill out our interest form and we'll be in touch.

Organizers & Sponsors


The first iteration of PennDemic was funded by an Impact Seminar Grant from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and matching funds from the School of Nursing and the School of Veterinary Medicine. 

The simulation is being planned, funded and implemented by faculty from across Penn’s Schools and Programs and also the University of the Sciences.