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Three Steps and a Hop Case Study (Online)

Modality: Online, Click-Through Module
Approximate length: 1.5-2 hours
Additional materials required: Internet access, computer speakers/headphones

This version of the Three Steps and a Hop case study based on a local foodborne illness outbreak at a polka dance festival offers an online alternative to the paper based format. The interactive, online version is designed to be taken by public health students or new foodborne illness outbreak investigations and can be completed individually. For optimal use, participants should have a basic knowledge of epidemiologic concepts and methods. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Define a foodborne illness outbreak
  • List the steps in a foodborne illness outbreak
  • Become familiar with members of the outbreak investigation team
  • List the key pieces of information to include in an outbreak case definition
  • Create and interpret an epidemic curve
  • Use illness information to suggest possible causative agents
  • Calculate and interpret measures of association as part of an epidemiologic study
  • Explain the purpose of an environmental assessment
  • Give examples of contributing factors
  • Explain the importance of communicating outbreak findings
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