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|This course is not offered during the current quarter. For more info, please see the Epidemiology Course Planning Sheet at the link below.|
Additional Course Details
The course will provide an introduction to public health surveillance and the investigative and policy decisions that are made using surveillance data. The course will cover a range of surveillance and decision making topics, from emerging infectious diseases to elevated blood lead to shellfish industry regulation.
- Intro to the WA public health system, including hot topics from the State Health Officer and State Epidemiologists
- Surveillance and decision making for chronic hepatitis and HIV
- Surveillance and decision making for health disparities and social determinants of health
- Surveillance and decision making for animal diseases of public health significance (featuring Washington State Department of Agriculture staff)
- Surveillance and decision making for healthcare associated infections, including interactive case studies
- Surveillance and decision making for diet and physical activity, including food insecurity
- Shellfish industry regulation
- Newborn screening
- Refugee health, with a focus on tuberculosis
- Surveillance and decision making for elevated blood lead
- Surveillance and decision making for emerging infectious diseases
The goal of this course is to provide public health graduate students with the background and skills needed to understand the purpose and utility of public health surveillance systems, how those systems are designed, developed and used, and how surveillance data are used to further investigative and policy decisions in applied public health.
- Define surveillance and describe its purpose in public health
- Describe surveillance system development
- Design surveillance systems, apply algorithms and develop data collection strategies
- Describe various surveillance systems in public health
- Analyze and interpret surveillance data
- Understand how surveillance data are used to drive decision making about population health
Each class will feature a lecture on that day’s surveillance and decision making topic from Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Department of Agriculture and/or local health jurisdiction staff, with class discussion focused on best practices in designing and developing surveillance systems and methods for interpreting and using surveillance data.
How You Are Evaluated
This course is credit/no credit and is ungraded. However, students are expected to complete all course readings and assignments in order to receive credit. In order to receive credit, students must complete all five of the homework assignments as well as participate in class. Class participation will be evaluated via students writing a one paragraph essay as a response to each class, and posting this paragraph to Canvas each week after class.
Contact the Instructor
Janet Baseman (email@example.com)
Department of Epidemiology
Vivian Hawkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
course coordinator, Washington State Department of Health
Washington State Department of Health
Washington State Department of Agriculture and local health jurisdiction staff