Course Information

The Power of Public Health Surveillance: The Engine for Evidence-based Policy Making

Course ID: MPBH 495-006 / HSM 355-003
School:Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Program: Public Health/Health Care Administration
Credit Hours: 1

Course Description

Epidemiology is the basic science of public health; public health surveillance is the cornerstone of epidemiology. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health surveillance is the “ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data essential to planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice, closely integrated with the timely dissemination of these data to those responsible for prevention and control.” Students will learn about public health informatics and surveillance systems, including an overview of data collection methods and data storage systems. In addition, students will gain an understanding of issues related to analyzing and interpreting surveillance data and the communication of outcomes that may be used in local, state, or federal policies. Finally, the instructor will engage the class in discussions about sustaining active surveillance of the coronavirus in developed and developing nations.

  • Describe key elements of effective public health surveillance systems and their importance for disease control and prevention
  • Explain the types of data collection systems and methods for analyzing and interpreting surveillance data in developed and developing countries
  • Describe the essential components of the public health surveillance cycle
  • Interpret COVID-19 surveillance data to identify health problems and mitigation strategies

*This course is part of a series of special topic courses on Strengthening Population Health Resilience in the Time of COVID-19Learn more

This is a special six-week session that runs June 1-July 10, 2020

Course Offering

Session Day Time Instructor
C Tue 5:30 - 7:00 PM Kafensztok, Mora, and Silva

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