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Welcome to the Applied Outbreak Investigation training! In this training, we will cover 11 steps to investigate a foodborne illness outbreak. In a real life situation, these steps might happen in a different order, or steps may occur simultaneously. Participants will also work through an outbreak scenario using skills learned during each module.

To navigate this training, use the links in the sidebar to jump to a specific page, or use the navigation at the bottom of the page to go to the previous and next pages.

Each outbreak step has:

  • Module objectives
  • Short videos covering the related concepts
  • Knowledge check questions
  • A case study scenario
  • Resources

We recommend that you work through the case study as you complete each module. But if it is completed separately from the training, it should be completed in the chronological step order as the information builds upon itself.

Learning Objectives

After completing this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define a foodborne outbreak.
  • Describe when a foodborne outbreak investigation is necessary.
  • Demonstrate how to investigate an outbreak.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of epidemiology, environmental health, and laboratory in an outbreak investigation.
  • Identify available tools and resources.
  • Describe how to document and report on outbreak findings.
  • Identify communication strategies to employ during an outbreak.

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