URBAN OUTBREAK MANAGEMENT
2018/2019, Semester 2
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health)
Modular Credits: 4
An effective outbreak management system is core to safeguarding public health and reducing morbidity and mortality. Outbreak investigation, when properly managed, fosters cooperation between stakeholders in rapid mobilization, community engagement, communications, and business continuity. By introducing a combination of hard and soft skills, as well as knowledge and tools related to field epidemiology, environmental health, microbiology, communication and social sciences, it is designed for application of knowledge and skills to manage, foresee and solve outbreak problems efficiently and effectively.
Lectures, discussion groups, project work
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1 Apply field epidemiologic methods to deal with clusters of unusual symptoms incl:
- verifying the existence of an outbreak
- assessing threat to existence of an outbreak
- performing surveillance and data display
- designing field studies
- finding cause and effects.
2. Implement outbreak investigation and control using a systematic stepwise approach; incl
- conduct case definition and active case finding
- giving timely and accurate outbreak descriptions
- formulating hypotheses and making inferences
- carrying out ocntrol measures
- communicating public health findings.
3. Acquire skills as a disease detective (public health specialist) to effect preventive actions:
- Articulating public health policy dilemmas
- engaging in negotiations with stakeholders
- getting community participation
- instituting epidemic intelligence & capacity building
- promoting awareness on global health matters.
4. Perform evidence-based risk management by learning from historical outbreaks through interactive case studies.
Field epidemiologic methods
Epidemic Intelligence, contingency & response
Global health matters
Public health discovery trials
Group work assessment (30%)
Outbreak communications (20%)
Case control write up (30%)
Final MCQ (20%)