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Introduction to Outbreak Investigation

This one-hour online course outlines specific steps to take in determining if you have an outbreak on your hands.

Quick Facts

Topics: Epidemiology, Infectious Disease & Immunizations, Law and Policy & Ethics, Program Planning & Evaluation

Format: Online course

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

NWCPHP courses are accessed through PH LearnLink. See help.

Description

West Nile virus! Beef recalls! Contaminated spinach! We live in an age where disease outbreaks are commonplace. This one-hour online course outlines specific steps to take in determining if you have an outbreak on your hands, who should be involved in the investigation, the science behind it all, and how to communicate your findings to the public via the media. This is part of a nine-part series on epidemiology.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize indicators of a potential disease outbreak
  • Describe the steps in conducting an outbreak investigation
  • Identify key communication considerations during outbreak investigations
  • Understand public health actions that may result from outbreak investigations

Intended Audience

Frontline public health practitioners who need to understand the components of an outbreak investigation or who might be called upon to assist in an outbreak investigation. This course may also be useful for healthcare providers in private practice, laboratorians, emergency response and bioterrorism preparedness planners who need to understand what an outbreak investigation consists of and who is typically involved.

Quick Facts

Topics: Epidemiology, Infectious Disease & Immunizations, Law and Policy & Ethics, Program Planning & Evaluation

Format: Online course

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

NWCPHP courses are accessed through PH LearnLink. See help.

Epidemiology Series

What Is Epidemiology in Public Health?

Data Interpretation for Public Health Professionals

Basic Infectious Disease Concepts in Epidemiology

Introduction to Public Health Surveillance

Introduction to Outbreak Investigation

Study Types in Epidemiology

Measuring Risk in Epidemiology

Cause and Effect in Epidemiology

Screening in Public Health Practice

Prerequisites

Participants should have a basic familiarity with epidemiology terms and infectious disease epidemiology concepts, including a basic understanding of the following concepts: incubation period; exposure; disease transmission; attack rate; cases and controls; agent, environment, and host. We recommend that those who are not familiar with these concepts first complete the Basic Infectious Disease Concepts in Epidemiology course.

Format

Web-based, Flash presentation. This online course has an audio narration and interactive exercises and scenarios. This course should take about one hour to complete.

Co-provider

This course is co-provided by the University of Washington School of Nursing. The University of Washington School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Credits

Participants who successfully complete the course are eligible to receive a certificate for 1.0 contact hours for a processing fee of $40.

Course Instructor

Jeff Duchin, MD
Chief, Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology and Immunization Section, Public Health - Seattle & King County
Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Public Health
Faculty, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Technical Requirements

This course requires certain software and browser plugins to be installed. See our Technical Requirements.

Accessibility

This online training course is audio narrated. A print version is available in the Supplemental Material section at the bottom of this page. Please note that the print version does not include interactive exercises, quizzes, or the final assessment. To receive a print version of the quizzes in this course, or if you have any difficulties, please contact nwcphp@u.washington.edu.

Supplemental Material

If you would like to obtain a print copy of the audio narration before beginning the course, download the course transcript below.

Competencies

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