An Introduction to Syndromic Surveillance for Clinicians and Public Health Practitioners


The goal of this series of modules is to provide an introductory knowledge of syndromic surveillance for interested practitioners and to stimulate healthcare provider cooperation and involvement with syndromic surveillance.

• Define public health surveillance and syndromic surveillance.
• List potential uses of syndromic surveillance systems.
• Compare and contrast traditional and syndromic surveillance.
• Describe examples of data sources used in syndromic surveillance.
• Describe different methods for grouping patients into syndrome categories.
• List the different types of syndromes being monitored.
• Contrast the difference between classifying into syndrome categories versus classifying into reason for visit.
• Identify the pros and cons of narrow syndrome definitions.