Estimating the burden of seasonal influenza
Seasonal influenza causes significant burden to society annually. This includes burden of disease, as well as economic burden. Few countries generate reliable national data on the burden of disease, or on the economic impact of seasonal influenza. This course has two tracks. Each track is based on one of these WHO manuals: - [Estimating the **Disease Burden** associated with Seasonal Influenza][1] - [Estimating **Economic Impact** of Seasonal Influenza][2] This course is a stand-alone, self-paced online course. You will have an opportunity to communicate with fellow participants, though you will not be moderated or tutored. The success of this course will depend on your level of discipline and ability to commit time. Please review the schedule carefully, and make your own timeline for participating in this online course. [1]: http://www.who.int/influenza/resources/publications/manual_burden_of_disease/en/ [2]: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/250085/1/WHO-IVB-16.04-eng.pdf
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Language: English

Course information


Seasonal influenza causes significant burden to society annually. This includes burden of disease (morbidity, mortality, burden on health care capacity), as well as economic burden. Since vaccines are available to reduce risk of serious disease and death, countries have an important opportunity to mitigate the impact of influenzavirus.

However, few countries generate reliable national data on the burden of disease, or on the economic impact of seasonal influenza. For countries that want to develop policies on evidence of cost and effect of influenza prevention & control, national data on impact of influenza are a critical starting point.

This course has two tracks. Each track is fully based on one of the WHO manuals on influenza burden:

When you follow the course, you will be guided through all methodological and practical issues to implement a successful burden of disease study in your country. In addition to guiding you through the manuals, the course will present common problems that occur when using available health care data, and help you find solutions. The prerequisites of this course are basic knowledge of public health systems and familiarity with the introductory level knowledge and skills in epidemiology.

You may decide to only follow the first track, on Disease Burden. If you want to also follow the second track, on Estimating the Economic Impact, then we strongly recommend to do so after completing the first track.Please be aware that certificates of achievement and of participation will only be available for participants that complete both tracks.

Course contents


  • Welcome to the Course:

    This course will help you estimate the Impact of Seasonal Influenza, in terms of burden of disease, as well as economic impact. The course includes two tracks; you can choose to follow Track 1 only (on Burden of Disease associated with seasonal influenza), or to follow Track 2 in addition (on Economic Impact associated with Seasonal Influenza)
  • Choosing your track:

    Track 1 will tutor you through the WHO Manual on Estimating Disease Burden of Seasonal Influenza. If you are interested in estimating the economic impact of seasonal influenza, then you are welcome to continue with Track 2, following the WHO manual on the same topic.
  • Assignments:

    Your assignments will be displayed here when the course has started. Please be aware of the time schedule that is linked to these assignments

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Certificate Requirements


A record of achievement is issued to those who have earned more than 75% of the maximum number of points for the sum of all graded assignments. A confirmation of participation is issued to those who have completed at least 80% of the course material.

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