Virtual Course on Measurement of Health Status (2018)

The Skills Online Program aims to help public health practitioners develop and strengthen their knowledge and skills in order to make better-informed public health decisions. EPI2 Measuremente of Health Status is the second in a set of three basic modules on epidemiology in public health that is being offered through PAHO's Virtual Campus for Public Health (VCPH).

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this module is to enhance learners' understanding and use of common epidemiologic tools, data sources and methods for measuring, monitoring and visually representing the health of a community and to identify and define a basic set of health status indicators.

OBJECTIVES:

The objectives of the Measurement of Health Status module are to enable the learner to:

  • Describe and use common epidemiologic tools, data sources and methods for measuring, monitoring and visually representing the health of a community
  • Use epidemiologic tools, data sources and methods to outline a framework for assessing the health of a community
  • Identify and define a basic set of health status indicators
  • Locate and use Internet-based data sources to assess the health of a community, as defined in your framework
  • Describe the use of a variety of methods for presenting epidemiologic data
TOPICS:
  • Lesson 1: Health Status Assessment
  • Lesson 2: Health Indicators
  • Lesson 3: Sources of Health Information
  • Lesson 4: Organizing and Displaying Epidemiologic Data
 

TARGET AUDIENCE: 

Public health practitioners in the English-speaking Caribbean, including public health nurses, environmental public health professionals, health promoters, program managers, dental health practitioners, dietitians, policy analysts, public health veterinarians and other public health practitioners.

PREREQUISITES:

Learners should have successfully completed EPI1 Basic Epidemiological Concepts.