Keeping Public Health Surveillance Practice up to Speed: a Training Strategy to Build Capacity

Kathleen Laberge, Lisa Jensen, Dr. Philip Abdelmalik, Katie Rutledge-Taylor, Lena Shah


Surveillance practice is evolving rapidly: globalization of health threats, emergence of infectious diseases, and explosion of easily accessible new technologies. This fluid environment challenges the public health community, but provides it with a fertile environment to innovate and improve its practice. As surveillance is a core function of public health practice, public health practitioners need to be well equipped to achieve this function and address present and future public health challenges. We developed a training course that focused on the practical use of surveillance concepts and principles. We are sharing findings on the development of the course and learner outcomes.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *