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Epidemiological Monitoring

Code 13532
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Biomedical Sciences
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes Set surveillance in public health and its critical components. List the main uses of a surveillance database. Describe data sources that can be used by public health surveillance. List the attributes used to evaluate surveillance systems. List the main considerations for starting a surveillance system; define the term epidemiological inquiry; Types of information usually collected in epidemiological surveys, utility and limitations; Set population-based survey. Sample types (simple, systematic, conglomerates) and their advantages and disadvantages; Steps needed to conduct an investigation, importance of analytical plan; Developing an analytical plan for epidemiological inquiry; Select sample of the population; Development stages of a questionnaire, practice assessment and ordering of questions; Advantages / disadvantages of open questions and closed. Develop a questionnaire; Examine and interpret field survey data. Practice and handling EPIINFO
Syllabus 1. Definition of Epidemiology, its objectives and methods. Historical evolution.
2. Epidemiology and quality management in healthcare organizations.
3. A community health indicators, calculation and interpretation. Data sources.
4. Measuring health and disease - measures frequency
5. Natural History of a Disease, Prevention levels and their inter-elation.
6. Epidemiologic Studies, its characteristics, indications and limitations. Measures of association and impact.
7. Screening and diagnostic tests.
8. Characteristics of diagnostic tests.
9. Introduction to Epidemiology of infectious diseases.
10. Introduction to Environmental Epidemiology.
11. MBE, NNT
12. Fundamentals of statistics for the reading epidemiological studies.
Main Bibliography DGS - Serviço de Prevenção e Tratamento da Toxicodependência - Direção Regional do Algarve 2013 – Relatório anualGama S & Pedrosa A (2007);
Introdução Computacional à Probabilidade e Estatística. Porto Editora. LisboaMaroco J & E Bispo R (2003);
Estatística Aplicada às Ciências Sociais e Humanas. Editora Climepsi. Lisboa.Murteira B (1993);
Análise Exploratória de Dados – Estatística Descritiva. Editora McGraw-Hill de Portugal.Pestana, MH & Gageiro JN (2003).
Análise de Dados para as Ciências Sociais. Edições Sílabo, 3ª edição. Lisboa. Public Health: what it is and how it works.
Bernard J. Turnock, 3th ed. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 2004
Reis E (1996) Estatística Descritiva, 3ª Edição, Edições Sílabo,
Lisboa.Teutsch SM, Thacker SB. Planificación de un sistema de vigilancia en salud pública. Boletín OPS 1995 Marzo 16(1):1-7.
World Health Organization. Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response, CSR/WHO. Geneva, 2000. (
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2018-07-24

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