Course Image EPI 210: Public Health Surveillance for Hajj

Public health surveillance (PHS) is critical to efficient and effective disease prevention and control. Public health professionals must have information about the parameters of disease occurrence to develop and maintain prevention and control programs. Introduction to Public Health Surveillance provides a thorough review of PHS, it’s purposes, uses, elements, data sources, models, analyses, actions, preparation of reports, evaluation, and ethical and legal issues in the context of mass gatherings. Discussions embrace both infectious and non-communicable diseases. The course helps students recognize the importance of a direct association between PHS and public health action and become familiar with the use of information, communication, and technologies (ICT). This course teaches concepts from both developed and developing countries and introduces lessons learned in international health crises to construct a framework to provide an efficient, effective, and equitable global prevention, detection, and response.

This course will provide a strong background in all aspects of public health surveillance for Hajj. Discussions will cover its history, purposes, and uses, and the elements involved in a public health surveillance program, surveillance data sources, data analysis, preparation of reports, program evaluation, and ethical and legal issues, in addition to surveillance of infectious and non-infectious diseases; vertical versus integrated; and new models of public health surveillance.

Course Image HSA 525: The Crisis of Global Public Health Leadership

Leadership is more than a place on the top of an organizational chart. It reflects a strong belief that public health leaders will influence the public health landscape. Public health leaders not only function within the traditional public health organization- they also function across organizations. Thus trans-organizational skills are critical. Leadership development is also a way to link academic public health with the practice of public health because information integrates research knowledge  with the realities of public health practice.

A good public health leader must be able to bring together several essential skills. Among these is ability to identify the most useful information and to use it, an ability to motivate and work with others, an ability to take risks and follow through, an ability to communicate at many different levels, an ability to communicate at many different levels, and an ability to act as systems thinkers with an understanding of how complexity affects their work. Most other skills grow out of these important skills.

It is possible to train the public health leaders who will strengthen the infrastructure of public health in our society. Leadership knowledge and tools can be taught. However, public health professionals need to put the knowledge and tools into action. It is through action that a public health professional can develop these skills.


Course Image EPI 106 History and Models of Public Health Surveillance
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