340.770.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Carlos Castillo-Salgado
    Aruna Chandran
    William Weiss
    Rene F. Najera
    Megan Wallace
    Academic Coordinators
    Jennifer A. Deal
    Allyn Arnold
    W: 410-6146990 Location: W6507A
    Julie E. Thorne
    Guest Faculty
    Joseph S. Lombardo
    Location: JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe different designs in basic public health surveillance including active and passive surveillance programs
    • List and describe the technical and legal requirements of the International Health Regulations (IHR-2005)
    • Identify the essential components of the surveillance cycle
    • List the attributes of a functional public health surveillance program
    • Identify the key methods and use of descriptive/analytical epidemiology for surveillance data, including new methods for “real time” surveillance
    • Describe and use epidemiological methods for evaluating public health surveillance systems
    • Describe methods for presentation of surveillance data
  • Course Description
    Acquaints students with Public Health Surveillance, which is a core public health function essential for understanding and monitoring population health. Covers the theory, data collection methods, data analysis techniques, and presentation strategies of the systematic, continuous, analysis and interpretation of population health data to inform planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice. Students identify the different types of surveillance, and how each is applied in varied settings. Practical experiences/labs involve creating data collection tools, and reviewing how they can be applied in practice. Real-world surveillance data is used to illustrate methods for analysis, and how surveillance data should be presented to different audiences. Guests who are coordinating and conducting surveillance in different community settings lead interactive discussion sessions.
  • Intended Audience
    We aim to train Tier 1 and Tier 2 epidemiologists, as defined by the core competencies for public health professionals. Students interested in working in applied epidemiology in real-world settings will benefit most from this course.
  • Methods of Assessment

    4 Lab Assignments (80% each 20%): Lecture & Lab Attendance (20%).

    Students are required to attend all of the lectures and labs.

  • Prerequisites
    340.608 or 340.752
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • TA Hours

    TA Office Hours

    Mondays:   12.30pm to 1.30pm

    Tuesday:     3.00pm to 4.00pm


    Please refer to "TA hours.pdf" for location of TA hours.

    Please refer to this file.
  • Disability Support Services
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