Building Better Evidence through integrated Health and Information Surveillance Systems (GH590G)
Professor’s: Rafael Lozano and Ali Mokdad
Lectures: Tuesday, Thursday 3:30 – 4:50pm ARC 147
Prerequisites: EPI 511or equivalent or instructor’s permission
In order to identify the best strategies to build a healthier world, decision-makers need high quality information on population health. This course is designed to introduce students to the relationship between health information systems (HIS) and public health surveillance (PHS) in various parts of the world and discuss how these two fields can work together more effectively to better inform health leaders about maximizing limited health resources and operating efficient health systems. This course will define the tenets of HIS and PHS and elaborate on the practical solutions for combining these two sciences in developed and developing countries into Integrated Surveillance Systems (ISS). This course mainly focuses on the data sources utilized in health information systems and public health surveillance, as well as the many challenges of data collection and management, particularly in developing countries. Its goal is to give students an understanding of the opportunities and complexities of HIS and PHS and the broad range of critical health-related data that can be used at all levels of the health system to support improved service delivery and health outcomes.
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