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Epidemiology for Non-Epidemiologists

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Date Developed: Unknown. Source: Michigan Public Health Training Center. Presenter(s): JoLynn P. Montgomery, PhD, MPH. Type: Online Course. Level: Introductory. Length: Self paced.


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.

Learning Objectives

• 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

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.