Syndromic Surveillance 101 – International Society for Disease Surveillance


ISDS, in partnership with the Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Health Care Institute, has created an online course in syndromic surveillance.

This program is designed to increase knowledge and foster collaboration between public health and clinical practitioners new to syndromic surveillance. 

This training is divided into four one-hour, self-paced modules and is available at no cost. Each module consists of a set of narrated slides and is accompanied by an evaluation and post-test. Those completing one or more modules after January 1, 2013, and who are certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), are eligible for 1 recertification credit per module following completion of the module evaluation and post-test. CPH recertification credits are free as a benefit of ISDS membership (Join Now), and are $10/credit for non-members. If you have already completed one or more modules (since January 1st), and you would like to request CPH recertification credits, please complete this form. If you have not yet completed a training module, please click the ‘Visit the Course Website’ link below.

Syndromic Surveillance 101 is no longer approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

*The development of these online modules was funded by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in 2010.

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Module 1:  Syndromic Surveillance Definitions, Uses, Data Types, and Syndrome Groupings

Module 2:  Evaluation of Syndromic Surveillance Data Systems, and Data Analysis

Module 3:  Response Algorithms, Data Display, and Websites

Module 4:  Strengths and Limitations of Syndromic Surveillance:  Privacy, Confidentiality and HIPAA, and the Clinician’s Role

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The curriculum for this course was originally developed under a series of ISDS Consultations funded by a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in 2007.  The Education & Training Committee convened a small conference in May 2007 of 10 syndromic surveillance experts to develop an online continuing medical education curriculum (proceedings published in Advances in Disease Surveillance 2007).