Disease Detectives

Prepare to Discover the Evolution of Diseases.

We are currently living in a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Grab your magnifying glass and get ready to investigate infectious diseases and how medicine has evolved and more. Have you wondered what this experience has been like for medical professionals? Explorers will gain insight from local medical professionals and current Wake Forest University students regarding the impact of COVID-19. Prepare to utilize epidemiology practices to investigate, analyze, and evaluate outcomes in order to maintain public health.

At a Glance


Dates: June 14 – 17

Who Can Apply?: 6th – 8th grade students

Program Length: Monday – Thursday

Program Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm (EST)

Program Tuition: $595

Location: Online – Zoom

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Disease Detectives participants.

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What You’ll Explore

Topics Covered:

  • Infectious Disease
  • Evolution of Medicine
  • Contact Tracing
  • Preventative Techniques
  • Biology of Viruses

Virtual Experiences:

  • Transmission Lab
  • Contact Investigation
  • DNA Dissection
  • Small Group Research Project
  • Healthcare Professionals Panel

*Virtual experiences are subject to change.

Disease Detective Cost

Online | $595

Microscopes
Stethoscope Resting on Document
Test Tubes Waiting for Students to Test the Contents Inside

A Day in the Life

  • 1:00 pm Explorers Log In 
  • 1:05 pm Introduction of Academic Partner & Group Icebreaker 
  • 1:15 pm Guest Speaker- Contact Investigator
  • 2:00 pm Explorers complete COVID-19 case study
  • 3:25 pm Break
  • 2:30 pm Transmission lab 
  • 3:30 pm Deacon Discussion – Break Out Rooms 
  • 3:55 pm Debrief 
  • 4:00 pm Explorers Log Off

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change.