Recognizing an Outbreak (I is for Investigation, Session 1)

Fee:None
Length: 45 minutes
Description:This training provides an overview of the basic steps that can be followed to investigate an outbreak, including verification of diagnosis, incubation period, generating a hypothesis, case definition, case finding, and orienting case-patient data by person, place, and time.

This module is part of the "I is for Investigation" training series developed to introduce non-epidemiologists to the basic concepts of outbreak investigation.
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This training was developed with the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC), a funded project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Cooperative Agreement 1U90TP000415).
PERLC

Learning Objectives

Training Personnel

Author:

Amy Nelson, PhD, MPH

Narrator:

Rachel Frantz

NCIPH Reviewer:

Tanya Montoya, MPH, CPH

Subject Matter Expert Reviewer:

Brettania Lopes, MPH

The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose. Author, narrator, reviewer affiliations listed were current at the time of training development.

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. (Please note: The competencies included on this site are just a few of the public health competencies which have been established. Training participants may find alignment between this training and other competency sets not included on this site.)

Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 1
Characterize investigative processes (I.C.3)
Assist in design of investigation (e.g.,disease investigations, studies, or screening programs) (I.C.5)
Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 2
Select investigative processes (I.C.3)
Assist in design of investigation (e.g., disease investigations, studies, or screening programs) (I.C.5)
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Tier 1
1A8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytical/Assessment Skills)
6A3. Describes how public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) are used in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services (6: Public Health Science Skills)
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Tier 2
1B8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytical/Assessment Skills)
6B3. Applies public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services (6: Public Health Science Skills)
Public Health Preparedness Capabilities
Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations
Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies
2.5. Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1992). Principles of Epidemiology, 2nd ed. Atlanta, GA: Public Health Practice Program Office.

Outbreak of Meningococcal Disease Associated with an Elementary School--Oklahoma, March 2010; MMWR April 6, 2012 / 61(13);217-221. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6113a1.htm?s_cid=mm6113a1_w

FOCUS Workgroup. An Overview of Outbreak Investigations. FOCUS on Field Epidemiology (1):1. http://cphp.sph.unc.edu/focus/issuelist.htm

FOCUS Workgroup. Anatomy and Physiology of an Outbreak Investigation Team. FOCUS on Field Epidemiology (1):2. http://cphp.sph.unc.edu/focus/issuelist.htm

Hall, J.A., et al. Epidemiologic profiling: evaluating foodborne outbreaks for which no pathogen was isolated by routine laboratory testing: United States, 1982-9. Epidemiol Infect. 2001;127:381-7

Nelson, A. Embarking on an Outbreak Investigation. FOCUS on Field Epidemiology (1):3. http://cphp.sph.unc.edu/focus/issuelist.htm

CDC Division of Bacterial Disease: Brainerd Diarrhea. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/brainerddiarrhea_g.htm Last updated October, 2006.

FOCUS Workgroup. An Overview of Outbreak Investigations. FOCUS on Field Epidemiology (1):1. http://nciph.sph.unc.edu/tws/HEP_FOC01/certificate.php

Torok, M. Case Finding and Line Listing: A Guide for Investigators FOCUS on Field Epidemiology (1):4. http://cphp.sph.unc.edu/focus/issuelist.htm

Torok, M. Epidemic Curves. FOCUS on Field Epidemiology (1):5. http://cphp.sph.unc.edu/focus/issuelist.htm

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