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Step 6: Develop an Outbreak Hypothesis

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  • Identify the elements of an outbreak hypothesis and describe how they direct hypothesis generation.
  • Understand the importance of evaluating your hypothesis.

Hypothesis generation happens throughout outbreak investigation. It enables us to direct immediate control measures, narrow the focus of the investigation, and determine what partners we need to involve. In this next step, we’ll talk about how to develop an outbreak hypothesis.

Let’s apply what we have just learned about developing outbreak hypotheses to our case study.