Field Epidemiology

Source: Empire State Public Health Training Center

Length: 1.5 hours

Description: This course provides an overview of field epidemiology and the steps of an outbreak investigation. The course describes the context of field epidemiology and its relationship to epidemiology in general, and reviews some basic techniques typically used in data analysis in the field.


Disasters and Bioterrorism: Principles of Epidemiology

Source: Southwest Regional Public Health Training Center

Length: 1 hour

Description: The goal of this presentation is to help learners understand the basic principles of epidemiology as they pertain to disasters and incidents of bioterrorism. This training provides a review of the fundamentals of epidemiology and field investigations, the application of epidemiologic concepts, and surveillance in the event of a public health emergency. It provides information on the basics of epidemiologic case investigation; epidemiologic considerations for infectious disease emergencies; the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation; and the steps involved in outbreak investigation. 


Epidemiology for Non-Epidemiologists

Source: Empire State Public Health Training Center

Length: 4 hours


Description:  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. Modules include:

  1. Defining epidemiology and interpreting charts & graphs
  2. Defining disease: Measures of disease frequency: Calculating prevalence and incidence
  3. Measures of Risk: Attributable risk, relative risk and odds ratios; contingency tables using disease/exposure data
  4. Surveillance: Steps to conducting surveillance, surveillance systems, and case definitions
  5. Outbreak Investigations: Outbreak identification techniques and components of an investigation
  6. Study Design: Introduction to various study designs with an emphasis on case-control studies
  7. Standardization: Adjusting and interpreting data using standardization techniques