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Basic Epidemiology 

Program Aim:
To develop the awareness and knowledge of public health workers who may be deployed on Field Epidemiology strike teams in order to assist local, regional, state, and national epidemiology staff in disease investigations during surge capacity.

Target Audience: Public health workers and other healthcare, emergency response, education, and community professionals.

Training Outcomes:
• Define terms and concepts associated with epidemiology.
• Understand how to design and/or modify field epidemiology surveys and questionnaires.
• Understand strategies for setting up an epidemiology field investigation surveillance system.
• Be aware of the procedures and protocols for sampling and packaging of clinical specimens.
• Be aware of the policies related to quarantine and isolation.
• Understand interview communication concepts and techniques.
• Understand the function and associated interview skills for epidemiological contact investigation.

Pre-requisite: There is no pre-requisite for Basic Epidemiology. Successful completion of the Basic Epidemiology course is required prior to registering for the IFIRST or IFIRST2 programs.

Program Modules:
• Basic Epidemiology Overview
• Field Questionnaire Methodology
• Surveillance: Post-event Strategies
• Sampling & Packaging
• Quarantine & Isolation
• Basic Interview Techniques
• Epidemiological Contact Investigation

Program Length: 4 hours of online modules.

Continuing Education Credits: Suwannee River AHEC (SRAHEC) has approved continuing education credit (CEC) contact hours for the following professions: Nurses: 4; certified health education specialists: 3.5; licensed mental health counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists:4.

In addition, the Florida Department of Health and Florida Environmental Health Association have approved this course for 4 hours of environmental health credits for individuals certified under Chapter 381.0101, F.S.

To apply for CECs, you must demonstrate successful completion of all course requirements, as evidenced by receiving a Certificate of Course Completion.

Credits for this program are available only in conjunction with your completion of the on-site IFIRST or IFIRST2. In other words, credits are not available after you complete this online course. The credits will be available after you complete IFIRST or IFIRST2.

Participants in applicable professions who want credits from SRAHEC need to complete a request form at the on-site training and provide their professional license number. For more information about the SRAHEC credits see: www.srahec.org/fcphp_CE

There is no fee for the CE credits.

Registration Information: Completion of the online pre-test registers a participant for this course.

Registration Fee: There is no registration fee.

Relevant Competencies for Public Health Professionals:
• Core Competency Domain 1: Analytic/Assessment Skills
• Core Competency Domain 3: Communication Skills
• Core Competency Domain 4: Cultural Competency Skills
• Core Competency Domain 6: Basic Public Health Science Skills
• Core Competency Domain 8: Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Bioterrorism and Emergency Readiness Competencies
• Core Competency 7: Identify limits to own knowledge/skills/authority and identify key system resources for referring matters that exceed these limits.
• Core Competency 8: Recognizing unusual events that might indicate an emergency and describe appropriate action.
• Core Competency 9: Apply creative problem solving and flexible thinking to unusual challenges within his/her functional responsibilities.

Program Developers and Sponsors:
This course was developed by the Florida Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of South Florida College of Public Health in collaboration with Florida Department of Health officials and subject matter experts. The development and delivery of this course are supported by funding from a cooperative agreement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Events of the University of South Florida are available without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status as provided by law and in accordance with the University’s respect for personal dignity.

For more information, or to cancel your course participation, please contact us at fcphpinfo@health.usf.edu

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