the public health workforce to protect the public against current
and emerging health threats, including bioterrorism"
FIRST: Field Investigator
Response and Surveillance Training
This course was developed to help public health staff who may be called
upon to assist epidemiology staff during a surge capacity event. It
is designed to help public health workers develop the abilities needed
to assist in epidemiology investigations at times when staff capacity
Target Audience: Public
health workers and other healthcare, emergency response,
education, and community professionals.
To help public
health workers develop an increased awareness and knowledge
of basic epidemiology.
To increase the number of
public health workers capable of participating in an
outbreak investigation during a bioterrorism (BT) event
or other public health threat.
To improve the capacity
of the health department to respond effectively during
a BT event or other public health disaster.
Pre-requisite: There is no pre-requisite for FIRST.
Module 1: Describe
the role of epidemiology in public health.
Module 2: Be able to demonstrate
appropriate epidemiological interviewing and effective
Module 3: Be able to participate
in an outbreak investigation.
Program Length: 1
hour online pre-work; 8 hour on site program.
and Course Overview
One Review: The Role of Epidemiology in Public Health
Two: Interviewing and Communication Skills
(on your own)
Three: Outbreak Investigations
Three: Outbreak Investigations (continued)
/ Closing Comments
Continuing Education: Suwannee River AHEC (SRAHEC) has
approved continuing education credit (CEC) contact hours
for the following
Nurses: 9; certified health education specialists: 7.5; licensed
mental health counselors, social workers, and marriage and
family therapists: 9.
Participants in the applicable professions above 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 see: www.srahec.org/fcphp_CE
In addition, the Florida Department of Health and Florida
Environmental Health Association have approved this course
for 7.5 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.
There is no fee for the CE credits.
Registration Information: This
course is limited to 40 Florida Department of Health participants
and those community partners who may assist the FDOH in
the event of an epidemiological surge capacity event. Advanced
registration is required.
Registration Fee: There
is no registration fee.
Competencies for Public Health Professionals:
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
and Emergency Readiness Competencies
Core Competency 7: Identify
limits to own knowledge/skills/authority and identify
key system resources for referring matters that exceed
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
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 the Hillsborough County Health Department, the Pinellas County Health
Department, and the Florida Association of County Health Officers. 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. This course has been planned
and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of
the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through
the joint sponsorship of the University of South Florida College of Medicine
and the Florida Center for Public Health Preparedness.
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 Universitys
respect for personal dignity.