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Approximately 55 mins to complete

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Course Overview

The module examines public health surveillance within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and examines how surveillance works in a public/private health care system.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of these five modules, the self-study participant should understand the critical role public health epidemiology plays in the governmental response to infectious disease outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics. The course should also convey a basic knowledge of specific disease infection rates (R) and why the R controls—or should control—the public health policy response.

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Module 1: Some Public Health Surveillance Basics

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Module 4: Do Health Surveillance Systems Work

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Module 5: Surveillance Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

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About the Instructor


William Pilkington was a local public health officer for four decades. Currently he works at North Carolina Central University, an HBCU, doing research on racial disparities in health care. Pilkington holds an M.A. in Security Studies from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School, completed the CHDS Executive Leaders Program, and was a Founding Scholar in the CHDS Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security (HSx) Program. Pilkington also holds a D.P.A. and M.P.A. from the University of Southern California.

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