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Best Practices in TB Control:
Practical Uses of Epidemiology
for TB Control

A Web-Based Seminar

1:00-2:30 pm EST
December 6, 2012

Sponsored By
New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute,
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
 in conjunction with the
Charles P. Felton National Tuberculosis Center/ICAP

This activity is supported by an educational grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

The New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute is the Tuberculosis Regional Training and Medical Consultation Center for the Northeastern United States

Course Description and Overall Goal

This seminar will explore the range of practical uses the discipline of epidemiology offers for supporting TB control activities.  Specific examples will be shared to illustrate application of epidemiological approaches to improving state, county, and clinic level programs.  The format will include an overview of the principles of epidemiology, perspectives and experiences of TB programs at different levels, and a review of available resources.

Who Should Attend

This web-based seminar is designed for TB program staff at all levels and other healthcare providers who work in TB control.

Why Course Is Needed

Epidemiology is the basic science of public health.  An understanding of epidemiology is useful for all TB program staff, ranging from healthcare workers and public health staff to TB program managers.  Epidemiologic concepts can assist in analyzing and making practical use of data, assessing current and evolving trends in TB morbidity, identifying risk groups, and determining where to allocate staff and resources.   A broad understanding of epidemiologic principles can assist TB program staff at all levels in working towards effective TB control.


Upon completion of this activity participants will be able to:

  • Describe the application of epidemiologic concepts in TB control
  • Identify sources of program- and state-level epidemiologic data that can be used in TB program evaluation and monitoring
  • Discuss the role of epidemiology in monitoring and evaluating TB control program performance
  • Outline effective strategies for using epidemiologic principles to improve a TB control program at clinic, county, or state level

Course Requirements

Internet Browser

Access to high speed internet using

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x or 7.x or 8.x
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.2 or or later


  • Multimedia speakers, or headphones and
  • Telephone connection (required for verbal participation during Q & A session)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

1:00 pm          Welcome and introduction – Bill Bower, MPH
1:10 pm          Overview: What is epidemiology and what’s in it for me? – Marian Passannante, PhD
1:20 pm          The clinic is where it all starts – Mark Wolman, MPH
1:35 pm          Unveiling the TB among us - Patricia High, MHS, MCHES
1:50 pm          Epi makes a difference at state level – Lynn Sosa, MD
2:05 pm          Making use of resources – Marian Passannante, PhD
2:15 pm          Q & A with panel of presenters
2:25 pm          Conclusion and wrap-up


Continuing Education Information

Continuing education credits are not provided for this activity.

Registration Information and Fee

There is no limit to the number of participants at one location viewing from one room and computer. However, each site must identify a contact person to receive conference information, submit the sign-in sheet, and share the link to the online conference evaluation after the webinar.

Notification of acceptance and additional information including a link to handouts will be sent via email a few days before the webinar.

Deadline for registration is December 4, 2012. Please register online at:

This activity is free of charge. However, if you register and are unable to participate, we would appreciate you informing us so we may accommodate others.


Charles P. Felton National TB Center

  • Bill L. Bower, MPH
    Director of Education and Training
Connecticut Department of Public Health, TB Control Program
  • Lynn Sosa, MD
    Deputy State Epidemiologist

Ocean County Health Department, NJ

  • Patricia High, MHS, MCHES
    Supervising Program Analyst

NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute

  • Mark Wolman, MPH
    Program Manager, TB Control

UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School

  • Marian R, Passannante, PhD
    Epidemiologist, Global TB Institute
    Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health
    Associate Professor, Department of Quantitative Methods: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Planning Committee

NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute

  • Anita Khilall, MPH
    Senior Training & Consultation Specialist
  • Anna Sevilla, MPH, MBS
    Research Coordinator

Charles P. Felton National TB Center

  • Bill L. Bower, MPH
    Director of Education and Training

If you have additional questions, please contact Anna Sevilla at (973) 972-9100, or email at