GHL3000 Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Nicole Rankine

Course Description:

This course provides the foundational concepts and practical skills for designing and implementing surveillance systems, for using surveillance data for the conduct and evaluation of public health programs and research. Topics covered in this course include historical development of surveillance; planning a surveillance system, sources of health related information, collecting surveillance data, analyzing and interpreting surveillance data, and the use of surveillance data for public health action.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Public Health Surveillance is an ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data essential to planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice. Students seeking to understand how data influences prevention and disease control must understand the steps involved in the data collection process.

Why This Course Is Important:

Effective health surveillance provides health information in a timely manner so that countries have the information that they need to fight epidemics now or to plan for the future.