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Introduction to Public Health Surveillance

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Public health surveillance is “the ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data essential to planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice.” — Field Epidemiology

This introductory surveillance course provides an overview of public health surveillance systems and methods.

Course Topics

  • Uses of public health surveillance systems
  • Active and passive surveillance
  • Sources of public health surveillance data

Supplemental Materials

Available Materials

Slide Presentation

Cover slide for Introduction to Public Health Surveillance presentation These slide sets are in the public domain and may be downloaded and customized as needed by the user for informational or educational purposes. Permission from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not required, but citation of the source is appreciated.

Suggested Citation:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Introduction to Public Health. In: Public Health 101 Series. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealth101/surveillance.html.

E-learning Course

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Those interested in an interactive experience can take this e-learning course covering the material contained in the slides.

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