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Investigation of Outbreaks

June 28-July 2, 2021
8:30 a.m. – noon
2 credits
Course Number: 340.693.11

This summer this course will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times listed above. Registered students will attend their classes virtually via Zoom, in real time with faculty and other students.

Course Instructor:


Students learn how to detect, investigate, and interpret disease outbreaks. Focuses on application of epidemiological skills to develop hypotheses relevant to understanding source or reservoirs of infection, modes of spread and possible control measures. Includes simple epidemiological approaches for examining field data on outbreaks and deriving inferences. Reviews the main factors involved in the occurrence of an outbreak and steps in investigating an epidemic. Uses data from large and small epidemics to illustrate the main concepts and terminology.

Student Evaluation:

40% - Participation in class discussions; 60% - Group presentation of an outbreak

Learning Objective:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe how to conduct an outbreak investigation

  2. Develop skills in examining data pertaining to outbreaks

  3. Review, analyze and derive inferences from outbreak investigations

  4. Summarize outbreak reports


Students must have basic knowledge of infectious diseases. Introductory epidemiology and biostatistics required.

Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail