Epidemiological Surveillance and Risk Management


At the end of the course the students should be able to:
• Identify, analyze and understand the different concepts of "risk" in epidemiological perspective and at systemic approach to the concept of risk;
• Analyze the evolution of the notion of risk (s) applied to chronic and infectious diseases;
• Understand the concept of epidemiological surveillance and its application in risk management;
• Identify and implement monitoring activities to contribute to the control of chronic diseases and infectious diseases;
• Identify, according to the National Health Plan, the priority areas of epidemiological application in surveillance programs;
• Know the strategies and epidemiological instruments for the prevention and control of infectious diseases, based on European systems and epidemiological surveillance networks;
• Acquire a deepen knowledge of Containment and Emergency Plans in emerging situations of biological risks in Public Health;
• Know and characterize the main sources of national and international information relevant to the practice of epidemiological surveillance and the management of information and knowledge of the health problems;
• Know the structure and activities of the major National and International Organization (DGS, INSA, ECDC, CDC, WHO) responsible for surveillance;
• To apply at national, EU and international law relevant to the epidemiological surveillance and risk management.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Weekly - Available soon

Total - 22

Teaching language



Frequency of CESP


– Regulamento (CE) Nº 851/2004 do Parlamento Europeu e do Conselho de 21 de Abril de 2004;
–  Decisão 2119/98/CE do Parlamento Europeu e do Conselho de 24 de Setembro de 1998
– Ministério da Saúde. Plano Nacional de Saúde 2012 - 2016. Direcção Geral da Saúde.
– WHO. International Health Regulations. Geneva, 2005
– Lei 81/2009. Vigilância Epidemiológica e Saúde Pública

Teaching method

Theoretical sessions (with presentation of specific topics, followed by review and discussion. Reading relevant scientific articles).
Group work with presentation and discussion 80%
Participation and attendance 20%

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

1. Introduction and definition of concepts - historical and current approach of the concept of epidemiological surveillance, the notion of "risk" and "risk management";
2. Identification of the application areas of epidemiological surveillance to health problems; Surveillance systems in public health;
3. Databases; information sources; structures and epidemiological surveillance systems; analysis of the functions and powers of the National and International Organizations
4. Epidemiological surveillance in the National Health Plan;
National, EU and international law


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