UPDATED: Syndromic Surveillance 101 - An Introductory Course in Syndromic Surveillance


An Online Training Course

Ever wonder what syndromic surveillance is? How it is applied? This introduction to syndromic surveillance answers your questions and gives you a foundation for understanding how surveillance is used by public health professionals to understand health threats.


This video introduces the viewer to the basics of syndromic surveillance and offers a high-level overview of the many uses of this public health tool. Topics covered in this training include:

  • Definition of Syndromic Surveillance
  • Types of data sources (admit, discharge, chief complaint, EMS, poison control center, etc.)
  • Strengths and Limitations
  • Examples of use:
    • tracking flu season
    • weather related events (hurricanes, wild fires)
    • mass gathering surveillance
    • opioid response
    • as a component of emergency response
    • as an information source to improve worksite wellness/safety preparedness exercise
  • Privacy, Confidentiality, HIPAA
  • Syndromic Surveillance Use for the Clinical World
  • Overview of NSSP/BioSense Platform- updated map, next steps
  • ISDS CoP-explain the community and how to get involved; Knowledge Repository 


Links referenced in this presentation are provided below for your convenience:

8th minute

To learn more about the NSSP: https://www.cdc.gov/nssp/index.html

27th minute

Resource referenced: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6649a6.htm

35th minute

National Syndromic Surveillance Program: https://www.cdc.gov/nssp/index.html

International Society for Disease Surveillance: (this website)

Surveillance Knowledge Repository: https://www.surveillancerepository.org

Syndromic Surveillance Climate and Health Guidance Document: https://www.surveillancerepository.org/syndromic-surveillance-climate-and-health-guidance-document 


Financial support for the project was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the National Surveillance Program Community of Practice (NSSP-CoP): Strengthening Health Surveillance Capabilities Nationwide Cooperative Agreement (Grant #1 NU500E000098-01).

Original Publication Year: 
Event/Publication Date: 
November, 2018

November 29, 2018

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