News from SETC - Society for Epidemiology in TB Control

Dear SETC membership,

We have been busy planning the annual meeting in June, where we will be having our second business meeting. See below for some SETC updates.
Planning for the June SETC Business Meeting

Our second business meeting will be on June 8, 2015 in conjunction with the NTCA annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. We have decided on a theme, “Preparing for TB Elimination: The Epidemiologist’s Perspective.”

The meeting opens with presentations by Jeanne Sullivan Meissner on using data to identify sub-populations at high risk of TB: examples from New York City and by Peter Oh on using non-TB-specific data to target TB prevention efforts. The morning's program closes with a time allotted for participants to raise topics for large group discussion on epidemiology challenges and SETC section matters.

The afternoon focuses on LTBI reporting. It opens with a joint NSTC-SETC presentation by Phil LoBue, Practical Guidelines for Diagnosing and Treating LTBI: What Should Be the NSTC Role? It continues with CDC SEOIB updates and presentation by Jason Cummins on TB infection surveillance in Tennessee. It closes with a structured discussion, Are We Ready to Start Collecting LTBI Data?  

For more information and a detailed agenda, visit the NTCA website.

This meeting is an important opportunity for us to network, get to know each other and hear about all the great epidemiology work happening around the country. We hope that you can attend!

Travel Grants for Epidemiologists!

This is the first year that the SETC has been able to offer travel grants to our membership. We were overwhelmed with the response (more than 15 applicants!) and we thank all of the applicants who applied for consideration for a grant. The SETC is pleased to announce the awards of travel grants to the SETC Annual Meeting on June 8, 2015 and the National TB Conference  on June 9-11, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Travel grants were awarded to the following six individuals:

Laurel Bristow (San Francisco, CA)
Maura Comer (Florida)
Stacey David (San Bernardino County, CA)
Nicole Henry (Texas)
Sonalli Kurlekar (Kansas University Medical Center)
Kelly Richardson (Indiana)

Johns Hopkins Summer Courses on TB Control

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics provides an opportunity for public health professionals to continue their training in public health and develop mastery in the competencies of the field. We would be most grateful if you would share information about our summer program in epidemiology and biostatistics with colleagues.

In 2015, JHSPH will offer three intensive courses on tuberculosis control:

  • Epidemiologic Basis for Tuberculosis Control, June 2 – June 12, 2015. ONLINE COURSE
    Originally developed by Dr. George Comstock, this course covers the history of the epidemic, the devastating consequences of high HIV prevalence in areas with endemic TB infection, and the emergence of new forms of drug-resistant TB.
  • Public Health Dimensions of Global Tuberculosis Control: New Tools and Interventions June 22 - 26, 2015
  • Advanced Issues in Global Tuberculosis Control: Achieving Impact
    June 29 - July 3, 2015
    Dr. Jaap Broekmans, Chair, WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement, will teach these two high level courses that examine the role of new TB tools and evidence-based interventions, and their epidemiological impact on TB control efforts in in both high burden and industrialized countries. Taught on-site at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Other methods courses include  Principles of Epidemiology,  Health Survey Research Methods, Investigation of Outbreaks, Health Situation Analysis and Public Health Surveillance. Courses are offered in one, two or three-week formats, as one-day workshops and online. Participants may register for professional development, to enhance current skills, or for academic credit for those interested in applying the course work towards a degree program.  Housing is available through the program.

Participants of the Summer Institute have the opportunity to complete the new Certificate in Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals. Developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, the stand-alone post-baccalaureate certificate is designed to expand the knowledge of public health professionals in epidemiologic concepts and measures to develop appropriate public health action.

The Summer Institute web site,, has information on courses, tuition and housing.

Spread the Word About Joining SETC

Know anyone who might be interested in joining SETC? Feel free to forward the link to complete our member profile!
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Shama, Lisa or Jason!


Shama Desai Ahuja, PhD, MPH

Director, Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology

Bureau of Tuberculosis Control

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

42-09 28th Street, 21st floor, CN72-B

Long Island City, NY 11101

Phone: 347.396.7548

Fax: 347.396.7561


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