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Public Health & Global Change

Public Health & Global Change

Week 1 - Public Health Surveillance and Applications

The course should prepare students by increasing their knowledge in:

  • The relationship between public health policy and public health surveillance 
  • Characteristics and function of public health surveillance – infectious diseases, injury, chronic diseases, risk factors and behaviors, environmental
  • Epidemiological methods used in public health surveillance
  • Applications of public health surveillance –monitoring of health events, policy making, detection of outbreaks/epidemics, preventive and control actions

The course should increase student’s skills in:

  • Public health surveillance data collection and quality
  • The analyses of trends and patterns in the occurrence of health events
  • Outbreak investigation
  • Cluster investigation
  • Public health program development
  • Evaluation of public health programs
  • Evaluation of public health surveillance systems


Prof. Eduardo J. Simoes
University of Missouri School of Medicine

 Week 2 - Global Change

Climate changes and health: impacts of rainfall, drought, and land use on health
Case studies: Malaria, Zika, Rift Valley Fever
Workgroups: Developing a country or regional case study for the climate change influences on health

Major vector-borne diseases: cycle components and zoonosis
Case studies: Japanese Encephalitis, Leishmaniasis
Workgroups: Developing a strategic framework to examine the effect of climate change on local and regional zoonotic diseases

Modelling the impacts of climate change
-  Species distribution models (e.g. Maxent)
-  Epidemiological models (e.g. SEIR, R0 models)
Case studies: Dengue, Chikungunya, Ixodid ticks, Aedes spp., Usutu, West-Nile
Workgroups: Modeling disease emergence in a changing climate

Economic of health and climate change
Case studies: Dengue, Chikungunya
Workgroups: developing a strategic research and translation plan for supporting public health preparedness and response by decision maker


Abdallah Samy PhD
Ain Shams University of Kairo

Dr. Stephanie Thomas
Department of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth

Nils Tjaden
Department of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth

Yanchao Cheng
Department of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth

Fabienne Englmeier 
Department of Medicine management and healthcare research, University of Bayreuth

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Stefan Zeh, Telefon: 7374

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