Forensic Epidemiology Investigations (FOCUS, Volume 2.6)
Length: 40 minutes
This issue of FOCUS describes ways in which public health and law enforcement agencies can work together to conduct forensic epidemiology investigations, and compares the differences between typical investigations in the two disciplines.
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 the differences between typical public health and law enforcement investigations.
- Describe methods for conducting a joint forensic epidemiology investigation that involves both public health and law enforcement agencies.
- Define and compare covert and overt health-related attacks.
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)|
|2) Distinguishes prominent events in the history of the public health profession (6: Basic Public Health Sciences 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 Capabilities|
|Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|1.1. Solve problems under emergency conditions.|
|1.3. Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.|
|1.6. Act within the scope of one's legal authority.|
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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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