This self-paced, online course provides a general overview of influenza as well as in-depth training on the purpose and procedures involved in conducting sentinel influenza surveillance. Participants learn through a combination of online lectures with interactive content and downloadable scenario-based activities that help them apply the concepts learned.
Overview: This course provides web-accessible training on influenza sentinel surveillance for public health practitioners and laboratorians. Participants learn what kinds of data to collect from influenza patients and patient specimens, and the methods of collecting these data. Participants also learn how to analyse, summarise, report, present, and interpret data collected within a sentinel influenza surveillance system. Each of the four modules contains online lecture content, quizzes, a hands-on activity that can be conducted individually or with a group, an instructor’s guide for completing the activity, and a cumulative assessment that covers the major teaching points in the module.
Learning objectives: This course aims to:
Course duration: Approximately 14 hours. (Lectures, quizzes and assessments should take 4-5 hours to complete. Allotted time for activities is around 9 hours in total.)
Certificates: A record of achievement is issued to those who earn more than 75% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments. A confirmation of participation is issued to those who complete at least 80% of the course material. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.