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The Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence is a joint effort between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Colorado State University. We are dedicated to identifying and developing model practices in foodborne desease surveillance and outbreak response. We provide trainings, continuing education opportunities​, and serve as a resource for local, state and federal public health professionals who respond to foodborne illness outbreaks. We are committed to training future leaders in food safety by providing students with training and practicum experiences in investigating foodborne illness outbreaks. 

Training Opportunities​

We are committed to training future leaders in food safety by providing students with trainings in investigating foodborne illness outbreaks.​ 

Student Outbreak Response Training

IMG_3297.JPGThis intensive half-day course will train student in interview techniques used in foodborne disease outbreak investigations. Students who complete the course will be added to a "Rapid Responder" list and could be invited to assist in outbreak investigations coordinated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Enviornment. Fall trainings are located at the Anschutz Medical Campus and Springs trainings are located at Colorado State University. 2018/2019 dates coming soon!

Have you taken this course before? Try our refresher training​ to stay up-to-date!

Foodborne Outbreak Challenge

The Foodborne Outbreak Challenge​ is a one day event for students designed by the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence at the Colorado School for Public Health. Multidisciplinary teams of students from all 3 ColoradoSPH campuses compete to solve a foodborne illness outbreak and develop a food safety intervention. 

Case Studies

The Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence has authored multiple case studies that can be used in the classroom to give students an in-depth look at how to solve an outbreak and all of the components that go into them.

County Fair Chocolate Scare

This case study is based on a foodborne illness outbreak cause by the unintentional ingestion of marijuana-infused foods (edibles) at a county fair in Colorado. It is designed to facilitate a discussion among epidemiologists and other public health professionals about how to respond to an outbreak involving a marijuana-infused food.

Three Steps and a Hop

This case study is based on a local foodborne illness outbreak at a polka dance festival. The interactive, online version is designated to be taken by public health students, or new foodborne illness outbreak investigators, and can be completed individually. For optimal use, participants should have a basic knowledge of epidemiologic concepts and methods. ​

​​Food Source Information Wiki

​The Food Source Information Wiki​ provides public health professionals with rapid access to basic information on production practices and food distribution systems for a range of agricultural food products, from farm to fork. The goal of the Wiki is to better equip outbreak responders to determine the cause of a foodborne outbreak and factors contributing to food contamination. We welcome contributions from individuals or groups working in food production and food safety in the United States. For more information on contributing to our wiki artices, click here​. ​

Contact Us

​For more information regarding graduate student positions, practicums, and capstone opportunities, please contact:

Alice White | Epidemiologist Team Lead, ColoradoSPH | ​​​​​​

Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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