Hypothesis Generation During Outbreaks (FOCUS, Volume 1.6)
Length: 40 minutes
This focus issue discusses the importance of case finding and line listing, challenges that arise while collecting relevant information, and proper management of the data.
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 properly generating a hypothesis during an outbreak investigation.
- Provide an overview of the hypothesis generation process.
- Describe several approaches to generating hypothesis.
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|
|Create hypotheses (I.C.4)|
|Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 2|
|Create hypotheses (I.C.4)|
|Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals|
|6) Retrieves scientific evidence from a variety of text and electronic sources (6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness Capabilities|
|Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations|
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Amy Nelson, PhD, 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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