Category: Analysis and Assessment

Primary Competency Area

Imported Rabies Exposure and Other Public Health Events
Rabies Vaccine Bottle

Course Objective

  • Summarize investigation steps in a domestic rabies exposure
  • Identify post-exposure confinement period
  • Discuss Federal and State importation guidelines

Date: September 7, 2016

Presenter:
Kristin Garafalo, MPH, CHES
Zoonotic Disease Epidemiologist
New Jersey Department of Health


Rabies exposure remains a significant public health issue in the state and country, potentially with fatal impacts. Understanding the critical steps of prevention, post-exposure response and management of the disease is essential for public health professionals. This session highlights the issues surrounding a domestic rabies exposure, and how to efficiently and effectively respond to an exposure. Also addressed are the animal importation guidelines in place by the state (NJ) and federal governments to prevent the risk of rabies exposure.

Maternal Immunization and the Prevention of Child Mortality
Mother and Daughter

Course Objective

  • Describe recent trends in childhood mortality globally and the role of neonatal mortality in childhood mortality
  • Identify the role of maternal immunizations in addressing neonatal mortality

Date: December 21, 2015

Presenter:
Anashua Sinha, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Health Systems and Policy, Rutgers School of Public Health


This program highlights the impact of maternal immunizations in South Africa and other sub-Saharan countries, specifically on the rates of infant morbidity, and mortality. Also demonstrates the benefits of conducting a cost-effectiveness analysis of immunization, and reviews several components of the analysis. Anushua Sinha is an infectious diseases physician and decision analyst with experience leading health economic research programs, conducting high impact decision analytic and cost-effectiveness studies, and working with policymakers to inform public health policy in the United States, Latin America, and other countries globally.

A Few Thoughts on Spatio-Temporal Epidemiology
Spatio Temporal Epi

Course Objective

  • Discuss why temporal data are becoming increasingly part of spatial analyses
  • Explain why statistical analyses are important as opposed to merely visualizing patterns
  • Discuss benefits and drawbacks of using aggregated vs. point data in spatial analysis
  • Describe a couple examples using mobile population data in epidemiologic analyses

Date: May 29, 2014

Presenter:
Jaymie Meliker, PhD
Associate Professor
Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook Program in Public Health


Employing techniques of spatial statistical analysis can provide important insights in research studies. In this webinar, Dr. Jaymie Meliker provides a historical perspective on GIS, spatial software tools, and spatial data; describes the importance of space-time data and software; argues why spatial statistical analysis is important; and explains examples of cluster analyses of early and late stage breast cancer, cancer clusters in case-control residential histories, and space-time exposure reconstruction over the life-course.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center