FOCUS on Field Epidemiology

FOCUS on Field Epidemiology was published as a bi-monthly e-periodical from 2003-2008 and covers topics from determining whether to investigate an outbreak to advanced data analysis.

Each issue of FOCUS is accompanied by a PowerPoint® presentation and discussion questions that may be used as face-to-face teaching tools for trainers. FOCUS  may also be used for individual self-study via the NCIPH Training Website which offers printable certificates of completion after submitting a brief training evaluation.

The complete FOCUS on Field Epidemiology series is also available in Spanish.

VOLUME 1

Overview of Outbreak Investigations
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Anatomy and Physiology of an Outbreak Team
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Embarking on an Outbreak Investigation
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Case Finding and Line Listing: A Guide for Investigators
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Epidemic Curves Ahead
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FOCUS Flash: Creating an Epi-Curve in Excel

Hypothesis Generation During Outbreaks
issue I slides I discussion questions

VOLUME 2

Hypothesis-Generating Interviews
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Developing a Questionnaire
issue I slides I discussion questions

Interviewing Techniques
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Selecting a Study Design
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Introduction to Forensic Epidemiology
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Forensic Epidemiology Investigations
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VOLUME 3

Cohort Studies for Outbreak Investigations
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Case-Control Studies for Outbreak Investigations
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Conducting Traceback Investigations
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Conducting Environmental Health Assessments
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Data Analysis Basics: Variables and Distribution
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Data Analysis: Simple Statistical Tests
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VOLUME 4

Advanced Data Analysis: Methods to Control for Confounding (Matching and Logistic Regression)
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Collecting Specimens in Outbreak Investigations
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Laboratory Diagnosis: An Overview
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Laboratory Diagnosis: Molecular Techniques
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Laboratory Diagnosis in Outbreak Investigations
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Contact Tracing
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VOLUME 5

Laboratory Biosafety Levels
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Mapping for Surveillance and Outbreak Investigation
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Rapid Needs Assessments and GIS
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Cluster Investigations of Non-Infectious Health Events
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Introduction to Public Health Surveillance
issue I slides I discussion questions

Public Health Surveillance Systems
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