Informatics Training for CDC Public Health Advisors
Security, confidentiality and privacy
Instructor: William A. Yasnoff, MD, PhD
Teaching methods: Lecture; discussion.
Topics to be covered:
- Definitions of key terms
- Fair information practices
- Legislation relating to confidentiality
- Confidentiality policies and procedures
- WWW security issues
By the end of this session, students will be able to:
- Define and understand the differences between privacy, confidentiality, and security;
- List the elements of fair information practices;
- Understand the legislative environment related to confidentiality;
- Apply confidentiality and privacy policies and procedures in public health;
- List and define basic elements of computer security;
- Understand the issues that must be addressed to ensure computer security, including WWW applications.
- Oppliger R: Internet Security: Firewalls and Beyond. Communications of the ACM 1996;40,5:92-102.
References & suggested readings
- Gostin LO, Lazzarini Z, Neslund VS, Osterholm MT. The public health information infrastructure: a national review of the law on health information privacy. JAMA 1996;275:1921-7.
- Gostin LO, Lazzarini Z: Childhood immunization registries: a national review of public health information systems and the protection of privacy. JAMA 1995;274:1793-9.
- Hoffman, L (ed.): Building in Big Brother: the cryptographic policy debate. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1995.
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