GHL3000EN - Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance

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.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Global Healthcare
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will explore how public health problems have been addressed effectively by the development and maintenance of surveillance systems.

Missionally driven

This course demonstrates how globally connected networks of public health surveillance systems can optimize disease prevention and health promotion.

Contextually informed

This course contextualize the surveillance process including data collection, analysis, interpretation, dissemination, and health actions linked to the data.

Interculturally focused

Students from any culture will be able to assess their individual countries to understand the responsibility the country officials have for disease surveillance and response.

Practically minded

Students will be able to understand how systems identification and prevention of , both for infectious and noncommunicable diseases that account for the greatest burden of diseases, even in very poor countries.

Experientially transformed

This course is critical to understand how emerging and reemerging diseases are identified and prevented.