Student Outbreak Response Training - November 22nd




9:00AM - 1:00PM

  • Welcome & Course Overview
  • Basics of Study Design in Outbreak Investigations
  • Interview Practice Session 1 
  • Interview Techniques
  • Interview Practice Session 2
  • Discussion
  • Interviewer Training Video Activity
  • Discussion
  • Wrap-up




Health Sciences Library University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
12950 E. Montview Boulevard
HS Reading Room
Aurora, CO   80045

Primary Competency

Communication Skills

Outbreak Response Training

November 22 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | CU AMC, Health Sciences Library, HS Reading Room
Presented by Elaine Scallan, PhD (ColoradoSPH) and Ingrid Hewitson, MPH (CDPHE)

This intensive half-day course will train students 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 CDPHE and possibly other local public health agencies. ColoradoSPH AMC students in the beginning or middle of their program are encouraged to attend. An additional training for CSU students will be offered in spring 2020.

This course is hosted by the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence

Learning Objectives

Course Goal
Provide practical training to participants on oral questionnaire administration and interview skills to be applied during foodborne illness outbreak investigations. 

Course Outcomes
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  Explain how foodborne disease outbreaks are detected.
  Illustrate the basics of cohort and case control study designs and how they impact the interview.
  Describe the importance of gathering quality data during a foodborne illness investigation interview.
  Explain how to follow a questionnaire during a foodborne illness investigation interview.
  Keep challenging interviewees on track to facilitate timely completion of interviews and quality data collection. 

Length of Learning Opportunity
4 hours
Registration Information

Please note that you must create an account in order to register for this training.

Registration for this event is required. Thirty spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Once the training is full, students will be added to a waitlist. Waitlisted students will be notified by email if spaces become available.

This training is for ColoradoSPH AMC students only. An additional training for CSU students will be offered in spring 2020.

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