- Class Number 9763
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Benjamin Polkinghorne
- Dr Emma Field
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
Surveillance is the collection, analysis and interpretation of health or related data for public health action. This course aims to teach students about public health surveillance in four domains: establishment, maintenance, reporting, and evaluation of surveillance systems.
Topics will include:
- Introduction to surveillance: Why do we have it?; Different types and uses
- Legislation and guidelines for public health surveillance
- Surveillance in Australia
- Establishment of surveillance and how it can be enhanced surveillance
- Analysis and reviewing outputs
- Communicating results
- Evaluating surveillance systems
- Surveillance in special situations and populations, such as: humanitarian crises, public health emergencies, and mass gatherings.
The course will rely on understanding these concepts and skills by applying them to real-life surveillance settings managed by the course staff and invited guest lecturers. Teaching will be through case studies, lectures and small group tutorials.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe why public health authorities conduct surveillance.
- Identify the main types of surveillance and their uses in Australia.
- Describe how surveillance is managed and systems are established.
- Analyze surveillance data and communicate results.
- Formulate a plan to evaluate a surveillance system.
- Describe the use of surveillance in special situations, such as public health emergencies.
Computer with access to Microsoft Excel or similar program
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to public health surveillance|
|2||Public health surveillance in Australia|
|3||Establishing surveillance systems|
|4||Surveillance in resource poor settings|
|5||Surveillance for non-communicable diseases and risk factors in Australia|
|6||Legal and ethical basis for public health surveillance in Australia||Assignment 1: Assessing the public health importance of conditions under surveillance in Australia|
|7||Mass gathering surveillance|
|8||Analysis of public health surveillance data Part 1: descriptive analysis|
|9||Analysis of public health surveillance data Part 2: rates and standardisation|
|10||Analysis of public health surveillance data Part 3: interpretation and outbreak detection|
|11||Evaluation of public health surveillance systems||Online Quiz|
|12||Surveillance and disease elimination|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assignment 1 - Assessing the public health importance of conditions under surveillance in Australia||30 %||30/08/2019||13/09/2019||1|
|Online Quiz||20 %||18/10/2018||01/11/2019||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Assignment 2 – Preparation of a monthly communicable diseases surveillance report||50 %||08/11/2019||22/11/2019||4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
Assignment 1 - Assessing the public health importance of conditions under surveillance in Australia
Assignment: Assessing the public health importance of a condition
Students will be asked to choose one of four diseases for this assignment (hepatitis C, measles, campylobacter or listeria) to assess the public health importance of the condition according to the criteria outlined in MMWR. Parameters for measuring the importance of a health-related event may include:
- indices of frequency (e.g., the total number of cases and/or deaths; incidence rates, prevalence, and/or mortality rates); and summary measures of population health status (e.g., quality-adjusted life years [QALYS]);
- indices of severity (e.g., bed-disability days, case-fatality ratio, and hospitalization rates and/or disability rates);
- disparities or inequities associated with the health-related event;
- costs associated with the health-related event;
- potential clinical course in the absence of an intervention; and
- public interest.
Word limit is 2000 words.
This assignment is worth 30% of the total course marks.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
The online quiz will include multiple choice, true or false, and short answer questions based on the content covered in the lectures to date.
This quiz is worth 20% of the total course marks.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 4
Assignment 2 – Preparation of a monthly communicable diseases surveillance report
Students will be asked to prepare of a monthly communicable disease surveillance report. Students will be supplied with a data set that will need to be analysed in Microsoft Excel, or similar program, in order to produce the surveillance report.
Word limit is 2000 words.
This assignment is worth 50% of the total course marks.
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- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Health security and health systems strengthening
Dr Emma Field