the public health workforce to protect the public against current
and emerging health threats, including bioterrorism"
Investigator Response and Surveillance Training (IFIRST)
To develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities 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.
Public health professionals and their community partners who may be called
upon to serve on Field Epidemiology Strike Teams to assist local, regional,
state, and national epidemiology staff in disease investigations during
surge capacity events.
To help participants
develop an increased and improved knowledge of and
skills in concepts and practices associated with responding
to a BT event or public health disaster.
To increase the number of
public health professionals capable of participating
on a strike team in an outbreak investigation and resulting
activities 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.
Successful completion of Basic
Epidemiology online program. The 4-hour
online program, Basic Epidemiology,
must be completed prior to registering for
Program Length: 1.3
hours online pre-work; 16 hours (2 days) on site program. Note:
The training is applied and practical, and includes two
tabletop exercises that require participants to apply the
knowledge, and practice the skills learned.
Continuing Education: Suwannee
River AHEC (SRAHEC) has approved continuing education credit
(CEC) contact hours for the following professions:
Nurses: 17.5; certified health education specialists: 15;
licensed mental health counselors, social workers, and marriage
and family therapists: 17.5.
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 see: www.srahec.org/fcphp_CE
In addition, the Florida Department of Health and Florida
Environmental Health Association have approved this course
for 16 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.
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
(CSTE) Applied Competencies Skill Domain 1: Assessment
Identification of public
health problems pertinent to the population.
Conduct surveillance activities.
Investigation of acute or
chronic conditions or other adverse outcomes in the
Application of principles
of good ethical/legal practice as related to study
design and data collection, dissemination, and use.
Manage data from surveillance,
investigations, or other sources.
Summarize results of analysis
and draw conclusions.
Recommendation of evidence-based
interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic
Domain 2: Basic Public Health Sciences
Use current knowledge of
causes of disease to guide epidemiologic practice.
Use laboratory resources
to support epidemiologic activities.
Domain 3: Communication
Preparation of written and
oral reports and presentations that communicate necessary
information to professional audiences, policy makers,
and the general public.
Domain 7: Leadership and Systems Thinking
Promote ethical conduct in
Prepare for emergency response.
Course 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 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 Universitys
respect for personal dignity.