PUBH 853 Public Health Surveillance

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the key aspects of surveillance: history of public health surveillance, sources and collection of data, analysis and interpretation of surveillance data, communication of surveillance data, technology of public health surveillance systems, evaluation of public health surveillance activities, ethical and legal issues in surveillance, international and regional issues in surveillance, and future considerations. The course structure will be based on the principle that the purpose    of surveillance is to enable evidence-based development  of prevention and control programs, and to promote the most effective use of health resources. Surveillance is built upon dynamic and flexible principles of careful resource allocation, the best response to the current epidemic state, use of biological and behavioral data, and integration of various data sources.