CDC announces the release of a new computer-based case study, "E. coli O157:H7 Infection in Michigan." Based on a real-life
disease outbreak investigation, this self-instructional, interactive exercise
teaches public health practitioners epidemiologic skills and allows them to
practice these skills. In the case study, students work through the E. coli O157:H7 investigation from beginning to end. Students
can select learning activities focusing on particular areas of interest or
those most relevant to their job activities.
The new case study is the second in the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation
Case Study Series. The first computer-based case study, "Botulism in Argentina,"
was released in 2002 and received the American Society for Training and Development's
E-Learning Courseware Certification and the 2002 Outstanding Practice Award
from the Design and Development Division of the Association for Educational
Communications and Technology.
The Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation Series is designed for
students with knowledge of basic epidemiologic and public health concepts.
Each case study was developed in collaboration with the original investigators
from CDC and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Both "E. coli O157:H7 Infection in Michigan" and "Botulism in
Argentina" can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/phtn/casestudies or purchased on CD-ROM through the Public Health Training Network.
Continuing education credit is offered to those who complete the case studies.
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