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Focus on Field Epidemiology

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Jennifer Horney
Director of Training and Education

North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness
CB #8165, 400 Roberson St.
Chapel Hill
NC, 27599

Phone: (919) 843-5566
Fax: (919) 843-5563
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FOCUS on Field Epidemiology (FOCUS) is a periodical with a hands-on, practical approach to various topics in field epidemiology. It can be used:

  • for computer-based self-study;
  • as a face-to-face teaching tool for trainers;
  • to add to lunch and learn seminars or in-service trainings;

Each issue of FOCUS has a corresponding downloadable PowerPoint® presentation. Included in the periodical is a topic overview with examples, helpful illustrations, a glossary, additional resources, and discussion questions for individuals or groups. Solutions for the questions are posted on the FOCUS website. In addition, online self-evaluation questions complement each issue.

Participants who complete this or other NCCPHP-developed training products can earn a free personalized, printable certificate of completion.

These trainings are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness and field epidemiology. The periodicals and supplemental material are created by doctoral students and graduates of the UNC-CH Department of Epidemiology and reviewed by UNC-CH School of Public Health faculty and topic experts.

The five issues within Volume One of FOCUS can be downloaded here:

  • Overview of Outbreak Investigations
  • Anatomy and Physiology of an Outbreak Team
  • Embarking on an Outbreak Investigation
  • Case Finding and Line Listing
  • Epidemic Curves Ahead


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