Introduction to Forensic Epidemiology (FOCUS, Volume 2.5)
Length: 40 minutes
This issue of FOCUS provides an overview of forensic epidemiology and describes the ways in which it is an important part of many criminal investigations.
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.
- Describe forensic epidemiology and the groups that may be involved in a forensic epidemiology investigation.
- Explain how forensic epidemiology is used in the courtroom and in the field.
- Provide examples of instances in which forensic epidemiology might be used.
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.)
|Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals|
|6) Manages public health programs consistent with public health laws and regulations (2: Policy Development/Program Planning Skills)|
|4) Applies the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences) to public health policies and programs (6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|1.3. Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.|
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- Goodman RA. Basics of Public Health/Epidemiologic Investigations for Law Enforcement. Presented at Forensic Epidemiology Training Course; November 2-5, 2002; Chapel Hill, NC.
- Loue S. Forensic Epidemiology: A Comprehensive Guide for Legal and Epidemiology Professionals. Carbondale, IL; Southern Illinois University Press; 1999.
- Jernigan DB, Raghunathan PL, Bell BP, Brechner R, et al. Investigation of bioterrorism-related Anthrax, United States, 2001: Epidemiologic findings. Emerging Infect Dis 2002;8:1019-1028.
- Martinez D. Law Enforcement and Forensic Epidemiology. Presented at Forensic Epidemiology Training Course; November 2-5, 2002; Chapel Hill, NC.
- Carus WS. Bioterrorism and Biocrimes: The Illicit Use of Biological Agents Since 1900. Washington, DC: Center for Counterproliferation Research, National Defense University; February 2001. Available at: http://www.ndu.edu/centercounter/Full_Doc.pdf. Accessed August 8, 2005.
E. Danielle Rentz, MPH
Amy Nelson, MPH, PhD
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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