Elective Course

This course is designed to provide information crucial to monitoring the health of the public and responding to outbreaks. Students will learn about public health surveillance systems that collect, analyze, and disseminate data to prevent and control disease, and understand how these systems are important to disease outbreak recognition. Students will gain familiarity with decision making in developing surveillance systems including identifying public health problems and priorities, developing case definitions, and systematically tracking public health problems for which recognition leads to public health action.

The course will also examine outbreak investigation in depth including the steps employed by investigators, the integrated approaches used to modify the impact on the public, and lessons learned from real outbreaks of various sizes, complexity, and in different populations in the US and globally.