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Disasters and Bioterrorism: Principles of Epidemiology


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The goal of this presentation is to help learners understand the basic principles of epidemiology as they pertain to disasters and incidents of bioterrorism. This training provides a review of the fundamentals of epidemiology and field investigations, the application of epidemiologic concepts, and surveillance in the event of a public health emergency. It provides information on the basics of epidemiologic case investigation; epidemiologic considerations for infectious disease emergencies; the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation; and the steps involved in outbreak investigation.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the uses of epidemiology before, during and after a disaster.
  2. Describe the basic principles and uses of surveillance.
  3. Describe the basic steps of an acute outbreak investigation.

Laboratory professionals
Nurses (public health nurse)
State or local health department workers

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Kimberley Shoaf, MPH, DrPH

Dr. Kimberley I. Shoaf is Professor in the Division of Public Health and Associate Chief for Community Engaged Scholarship. She has more than 30 years of experience in public health practice including experience as a health educator, trainer, and researcher. She has particular expertise in program planning and evaluation applicable to both general public health practice and emergency public health. She has worked with more than 50 local health departments in preparing for responding to disasters through training, assessments, and exercises as well as in writing of plans. She has both a research and an educational focus on workforce development within public health and primary care. Dr. Shoaf received her Master of Public Health degree in Population and Family Health and a DrPH in Community Health Sciences from the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

For more info: https://medicine.utah.edu/faculty/mddetail.php?facultyID=u0859266