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PHO Rounds: Novel Disease Surveillance Tools for the Next Pandemic

Traditional public health surveillance relies on reporting at the local level of suspected unusual clusters of events, with subsequent investigation and feedback. While comprehensive, this approach often relies on sufficient infrastructure, funding and time. Informal surveillance is a complementary approach that leverages non-traditional data sources and allows the rapid dissemination of information that can be used to guide appropriate public health responses. This seminar will introduce the concept of informal disease event monitoring systems and how this type of data can and has been used to explore communicable disease epidemiological trends among forcibly displaced persons worldwide.

Intended audience: Public Health Practitioners, Clinicians and Researchers

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the role of informal disease event monitoring and reporting for public health surveillance of infectious diseases
  2. Describe specific applications of informal disease event monitoring systems for outbreak detection
  3. Discuss data limitations in real-time epidemic forecasting

Presenter(s): Dr. Angel Desai

Angel Desai, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis where she engages in clinical work, hospital epidemiology, and research. Her main area of focus is innovative applications of informal event monitoring and reporting systems, as well as risk communication.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 3 March 2022