Transforming Public Health Surveillance

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016 -
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Course Description

The Transforming Public Health Surveillance course will introduce lessons learned in international health crises, and construct a framework to provide efficient, effective, and equitable global response. It will describe enriched collaborations between military, clinical practice, societies, communities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations and discuss challenges and opportunities. The course will also describe informatics approaches to enable and support data sharing, analytics, and visualization though interoperability that will adapt to meet the challenges of the changing field of public health surveillance. Participants will examine challenges of modern public health surveillance, and discuss potential solutions, and actions and ideas for the way forward.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why public health surveillance (PHS) must adapt to overcome new challenges presented and how these challenges also present new opportunities
  • Describe the different types and approaches used for conducting PHS
  • Articulate how Electronic Health Records enable proactive surveillance
  • Describe the importance of big data, internet and social media for upcoming proactive surveillance structures and systems
  • Describe recent outbreaks and the weaknesses they have demonstrated in national and international PHS systems
  • Recognize the importance and benefits of engaging communities in PHS


Basic understanding of public health surveillance

Course Reading List

'Transforming Public Health Surveillance' Imprint: Elsevier ISBN: 9780702063374 Copyright: 2015


Scott McNabb, PhD, MS

Prior to joining the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and serving the 2-year EIS residency in New Orleans, LA, Dr. McNabb worked for 13 years at the Oklahoma State Health Department. Since 1993, most of his professional efforts have focused on serving those in underdeveloped, underserved global settings. Before retirement from CDC in 2010, he was Associate Director for Science; Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office; Office for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. From 2006 – 2008, he directed the Division of Integrated Surveillance Systems and Services, National Center for Public Health Informatics, CDC. He is now Research Professor and Director of the King Abdullah Fellowship Program ( at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. He teaches three classes at Rollins, GH 504 Effective Oral Communication; GH 592 Successful Scientific Writing; and GH 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance. He also teaches Effective Oral Communication in short-course format at the University of Michigan Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology ( and Transforming Public Health Surveillance in distance-learning format at the Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University ( Having mentored > 30 students through their M.P.H. or Ph.D., plus 14 fellows through the CDC Public Health Prevention Specialists program, he is jointly appointed in the Hubert Department of Global Health and Department of Epidemiology. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Promoted to Distinguished Consultant in 2005 and nominated for the 2005 CDC Charles C. Shepard Award, he completed the 2004 Senior Executive Services (SES) candidate development program and is certified by the Office of Personnel Management. Dr. McNabb serves on the Editorial Board, Epidemiology and Global Health and in private practice as Managing Partner, Public Health Practice, LLC (


Course Fee

Registration is $850.00



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Online Course Format

This is a full-length digital course, equivalent to approximately 20 hours of classroom instruction. Lectures and course material will be presented online in weekly segments. The flexible format will include video or audio recordings of lecture material, file sharing and topical discussion fora, self-assessment exercises, real-time electronic office hours and access to instructors for feedback during the course. Registrants for EPIC digital courses should have high-speed internet access. Any additional information about technical requirements and access to the course will be provided the month before the course begins.

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