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Course Overview

This informative three-week course will prepare you to meet the challenges of conducting epidemiologic surveillance to gather data to inform decision-making and planning. Using the polio eradication effort as a case study, you’ll address the application of surveillance systems in a wide variety of settings.

You’ll identify various different epidemiological systems in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, and will identify on how to conduct data collection in remote areas. You’ll then discuss the best practices for conducting epidemiologic surveillance in a wide range of locations, and will come to a range of solutions for the conclusion of how to conduct and use data in a variety of different situations.

  • Field epidemiology and emergency response
  • Understanding surveillance systems with examples from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria
  • Conducting surveillance in hard-to-reach areas
  • Data for decision-making
  • Challenges and strategies in data use

This course is for people working on or aspiring to work on global infectious disease control programmes. This can include those working in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), ministries of health, public health agencies, international organizations, healthcare systems, and academic institutions.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Identify various surveillance systems
  • Discuss the best practices for conducting epidemiologic surveillance
  • Apply surveillance techniques in hard to reach areas
  • Discuss best practices for making data-informed decisions
  • Reflect on and apply the lessons learned from the polio eradication effort