Public Health Surveillance

Courses for 2018 have not been scheduled yet. Please enquire for more information.

Ever wondered how Australia monitors important diseases?

The Public Health Surveillance course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to undertake health surveillance in the field. In this course you will learn about surveillance of both infectious and noninfectious diseases, how a disease becomes notifiable, and how to establish and evaluate a surveillance system. The course will also explore how surveillance is used to detect outbreaks of disease.


This short course will run for five days, 9am-5pm each day. Teaching will be through case studies, lectures and small group tutorials.


  • The different types of surveillance systems.
  • How surveillance data are used.
  • How to evaluate the usefulness and attributes of a surveillance system.
  • Communicating results of surveillance.
  • Frameworks for the evaluation of surveillance systems, including those developed by the Centers for Dsease Control & Prevention and other organizations.

The course will emphasise understanding these concepts and skills by applying them to scenarios based on surveillance systems managed and evaluated by course staff.

Who should attend

  • Government and non-government policy makers and advisors.
  • Public health practitioners including clinicians and other health workers.
  • Students wanting to develop skills in population health.