Embarking on an Outbreak Investigation (FOCUS, Volume 1.3)
Length: 40 minutes
This focus issue describes how to detect an outbreak and the first steps to be considered when deciding whether to embark in an investigation.
These trainings are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness and field epidemiology. The periodicals and supplemental material are created by doctoral students and graduates of the UNC-CH Department of Epidemiology and reviewed by UNC-CH School of Public Health faculty and topic experts.
- Discuss the importance of verifying case reports
- Discuss strategies to reduce diagnosis error
- Discuss methods to determine if an outbreak investigation is necessary
- Discuss case definitions
Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed
This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)
|Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 1|
|Assist in design of investigation (e.g.,disease investigations, studies, or screening programs) (I.C.5)|
|Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 2|
|Assist in design of investigation (e.g., disease investigations, studies, or screening programs) (I.C.5)|
|Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals|
|4) Uses methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytic/Assessment Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness Capabilities|
|Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations|
Centers for Disease Control. Outbreak of Listeriosis Associated With Homemade Mexican-Style Cheese - North Carolina, October 2000 - January 2001. MMWR July 06, 2001; 50(26);560-2 (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5026a3.htm)
Dombrowski, Julie. Hepatitis A Among Men who Have Sex with Men. 2002 (http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/gcdc/pdf/HepatitisA.pdf)
Dicker RC, et al. Investigating an Outbreak. In: Principles of Epidemiology: An Introduction to Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1992: 347-350. (http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/PHTN//catalog/pdf-file/Epi_Course.pdf)
E. Danielle Rentz, MPH, Focus Workgroup
The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose.
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