Region V Public Health Training Center

Epidemiology for Non-Epidemiologists

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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3-5 minutes


3.00 hours


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A basic understanding of epidemiology is critical for public health emergency preparedness, outbreak investigations, and prompt decision-making in emergency situations. This online course is competency based and self-paced with instructional modules that explain key epidemiological methods. Activities are included that increase skills.

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What You'll Learn

  • Establish data collection protocols that systematically monitor community health indicators
  • Demonstrate readiness to apply epidemiological skills to a range of emergency situations
  • Disseminate notifiable disease information, reporting requirements and procedures to healthcare provider
  • Define algorithms that trigger further epidemiological investigation
  • Activate enhanced surveillance protocols to track the scope of an exposure or outbreak
  • Collect timely patient and health care utilization data on critical biological agents

Competency Terms

Assessment (surveillance and epidemiology)
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Communication Skills

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Health Educator
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets
Investigate, diagnose, and address health problems and hazards affecting the population