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​Food Safety Training Resources

Training for Communicable Disease Specialists on Taking a Sexual History

Tri County Health Department

Script and Video: Tri-County Health Department in Denver, Colorado developed a mock interview to demonstrate how to take a thorough sexual history during a communicable disease investigation. The training is directed at communicable disease specialists who do not regularly investigate sexually transmitted infections (i.e., HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis), but rather have a need to incorporate a sexual history into a communicable disease investigation such as for hepatitis A or Shigella. The training consists of an audio mock interview and an accompanying written script.


A Coordinated Response to Food Emergencies: Practice and Execution

Louisiana State University

Course: This course provides responders with training on all-hazards food emergency response procedures with an emphasis on enhancing communication to facilitate the response effort.


Certified Professional Food Safety Review Course

National Environmental Health Association

Online course: Topics include: Food Microbiology, Causes and Prevention of Foodborne Illness, Food Safety Education and Consumer Protection, Legal Aspects of Food Safety, Knowledge of Food Safety Inspections, Investigating a Foodborne Illness Outbreak, HACCP Program and Application to Specialized Food Processing.


E is for Epidemiology

UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness

Audio Presentations: This site offers free short Internet-based trainings developed by the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) on public health preparedness topics such as disease surveillance, basic epidemiology, bioterrorism and new/emerging disease agents. Trainings address national public health competencies including public health preparedness, core public health and epidemiology competencies.


Epi Ready

National Environmental Health Association

In-person training: Epi-Ready focuses on how to efficiently and effectively respond to a foodborne disease outbreak through a "team-based” approach, bringing together the disciplines involved in the investigation of these outbreaks (i.e., environmental health specialists/sanitarian, epidemiologists, laboratorians, and public health nurses).


Epidemiological Case Studies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Case studies: These case studies are interactive exercises based on real-life outbreaks and public health problems and were developed in collaboration with the original investigators.


Epidemiology Surveillance and Investigation

Louisiana State University

Training/exercising public health, medical, and other related public/private sector agencies in regards to potential public health emergencies, including high consequence and pandemic events; the use of appropriate PPE and CBRNE monitoring and detection equipment; the adoption of traditional public health epidemiological processes to bioterrorism or agro terrorism events; liaison and concurrent investigations into bio- or agro terrorism events.


FIRST: Field Investigator Response and Surveillance Training

University of South Florida

In-person training: This 8-hour onsite program is designed to help public health staff who may be called upon to assist epidemiology staff during a surge capacity event. It is designed to help public health workers develop the abilities needed to assist in epidemiology investigations at times when epidemiology staff are overburdened.


FOCUS on Field Epidemiology

UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness

Adobe PDF Issue: This site offers free short Internet-based trainings developed by the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) on public health preparedness topics such as disease surveillance, basic epidemiology, bioterrorism and new/emerging disease agents. Trainings address national public health competencies including public health preparedness, core public health and epidemiology competencies.


Food and Feed Rapid Response Training

Food and Drug Administration

In-person training: This workshop builds upon the basic Incident Command System structure with a focus on effective communications, team building, developing a mission statement and foodborne illness investigations and awareness.


Food Importation and Transportation

University of Tennessee

Course: This course will equip participants with the skills necessary to utilize surveillance, tracking and intelligence systems related to the food supply chain.


Food Related Emergency Exercise Bundle (FREE-B)

Food and Drug Administration

Case studies: FREE-B is a compilation of scenarios based on both intentional and unintentional food contamination events. It is designed to assist government regulatory and public health agencies in assessing existing food emergency response plans, protocols and procedures that may be in place, or that they are in the process of revising or even developing.


Foodborne Epidemiological Investigation

Food and Drug Administration

Online course: This online course covers topics including surveillance, initiating & conducting investigations, food preparation review, case definitions, hypotheses, laboratory, descriptive & analytic epidemiology, interpretation of data and the final report.


Foodborne Illness Investigations

Food and Drug Administration

Course: The course primarily focuses on the foodborne illness investigation team roles and will address what steps should be taken in a systematic approach to an investigation. For this reason, representatives from each of the disciplines need to attend the course–environmental, laboratory and epidemiologists.


Foodborne Illness Outbreak Investigation Training Course

Virginia Department of Health

In-person training: The Foodborne Outbreak Investigation Training Course provides course attendees with an overall approach to outbreaks of foodborne diseases, including preparation, detection, investigation, control, and follow-up.


Foodborne Outbreak Investigation Team Training Materials

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

In-person training: The Epi-Ready course is a team-based training for public health professionals involved in foodborne disease outbreak investigations. Coordinated by the National Environmental Health Association and funded by CDC, it is a two day, face-to-face training. Epi-Ready focuses on how to efficiently and effectively respond to a foodborne disease outbreak through a "team-based” approach, bringing together the disciplines involved in the investigation of these outbreaks (i.e., environmental health specialists/sanitarian, epidemiologists, laborato​rians, and public health nurses). CSTE worked with consultant Jeanette Stehr-Green to revise the course content to reflect advances in outbreak response and approaches to public health training since the creation of the original content in 2003. The newly-revised content includes an updated curriculum, a modified schedule, more interactive material for the participants, and updated instructor materials.


I is for Investigation

UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness

Audio Presentation: This site offers free short Internet-based trainings developed by the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) on public health preparedness topics such as disease surveillance, basic epidemiology, bioterrorism and new/emerging disease agents. Trainings address national public health competencies including public health preparedness, core public health and epidemiology competencies.


IFIRST Intermediate Field Investigator Response and Surveillance Training

University of South Florida

In-person training: This 16-hour onsite program is designed 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 Gastrointestinal Illness or Avian Influenza disease investigations during surge capacity.


Industry: Foodborne Illness Investigation Training and Recall Response (I-FIIT-RR)

National Environment Health Association

In-person training: This 1½ day face-to-face workshop is designed to bring together food industry representatives and their appropriate local and state regulatory officials. This is done in an effort to create stronger working relationships prior to a potential foodborne incident occurring, so that if and when it does, the foundation is already set for a collaborative effort. Additionally, the workshop will provide a better understanding and clarification of recall response and an outbreak investigation process by identifying roles and responsibilities, discussing early detection strategies, and establishing and implementing control measures based on model practices. By providing this training, I-FIIT-RR aims to assist industry and regulatory officials in producing a more rapid, efficient, and effective response to food recalls and foodborne illness incidents.


Principles of Epidemiology

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

On-line and in-person training: The purpose of the Principles of Epidemiology course is to prepare public health professionals to conduct communicable disease surveillance and epidemiologic investigations. This course is open to employees of the local public health agencies and the Department of Health and Senior Services.


Produce Farm Investigations course

Food and Drug Administration

Course: This 5-day course trains investigators and inspectors on how to conduct investigations at farms and packing facilities that have been implicated in fresh produce related outbreaks and positive pathogen samples. These findings will be used to identify possible contributing factors and environmental antecedents that led to the contamination.


Stool Collection and Transport training

Tennessee Department of Health

Webinar: This webinar covers stool collection and transport including the different components of a stool kit, requisition, kits, and delivery of stool kits.


The Do's and Don'ts of Outbreak Interviewing

Oregon Public Health Authority

Video: The Oregon Health Authority presents a training film on disease outbreak interviewing techniques to train staff and volunteers to assist with surge capacity during outbreaks.​​​​

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