Courses & Units

Public Health Surveillance CAM636


This unit provides essential background on the different types of surveillance systems used in public health, and the strengths and limitations of the data held within those systems. Students will learn the skills and knowledge required to perform descriptive analyses of surveillance data and to interpret surveillance data appropriately. Students will gain an understanding of the diverse objectives of surveillance systems and how the data collected is used to inform public health action and policy. Students will also learn established methods of evaluating surveillance systems to ensure they are fit for purpose.


Unit name Public Health Surveillance
Unit code CAM636
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Ms Michelle McPherson
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Perform descriptive analysis of surveillance data.
  • Explain the strengths and limitations of surveillance data and interpret surveillance data appropriately.
  • Describe the different types of surveillance systems in public health, their objectives, and how surveillance data is used for public health action.
  • Apply surveillance system attributes to evaluate a surveillance system in public health.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
061399 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,651.00

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Teaching Pattern

This is an online unit with an active discussion board, activities and 8 modules taught across the semester.

The content of each module is available online via MyLo.

AssessmentOnline Module Quizzes x 5 (20%)|Assignment 1 - Surveillance Report (35%)|Assignment 2 - Evaluation of a Surveillance System (45%)
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