Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance

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Oxford University Press, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 443 pages
Public health surveillance is the systematic, ongoing assessment of the health of a community, based on the collection, interpretation, and use of health data. Surveillance provides information necessary for public health decision making and interventions. In the third edition of Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance, the editors present an organized approach to planning, developing, and implementing public health surveillance systems in response to the rapidly changing field of public health. Substantially revised and expanded on, this edition continues to examine further the expansion of surveillance of disease and health determinants, as well as the recent advances in data management and informatics. Major sections of the book focus on bioresponse and preparedness, risk behaviors, and environmental exposure, while the ethical considerations and policy justification for public health surveillance are also explored.

Drawing largely from the experience of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts in the field, this book provides an excellent framework that collectively improves the surveillance foundation of public health. It will continue to serve as the standard text in the field, an invaluable resource for public health students and the desk reference for public health practitioners.

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1 Historical Development
2 Considerations in Planning a Surveillance System
3 Economic and Policy Justification for Public Health Surveillance
Creating a Surveillance System
5 Informatics and the Management of Surveillance Data
6 Analyzing and Interpreting Public Health Surveillance Data
7 Communicating Public Health Surveillance Information for Action
8 Evaluating Public Health Surveillance
12 Public Health Surveillance for Chronic Diseases Injuries and Birth Defects
13 Surveillance for Determinants of Population Health
Biosurveillance for Human Health
The Monitoring of Administrative Information Systems and the Interface with Public Health Surveillance
16 PostMarket Surveillance of Medical products in the United States
Challenges and Opportunities in the Current Context of Global Health
18 State and Local Public Health Surveillance in the United States
19 Public Health Workforce Needs for Surveillance

9 Ethics in Public Health Surveillance
10 Legal Considerations in Public Health Surveillance in the United States
11 Public Health Surveillance for Infectious Diseases
20 Evolving Challenges and Opportunities in Public Health Surveillance

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About the author (2010)

Lisa M. Lee, PhD is Assistant Science Officer at the Office of the Chief Science Officer, Center for Disease Control.
Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc is Director of the Office of Workforce and Career Development, Center for Disease Control.
Michael E. St. Louis, MD is Associate Director for Science at the Coordinating Center for Global Health, Center for Disease Control.
Steven M. Teutsch, MD, MPH is Chief Science Officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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