The need for public health professionals has never been greater. But what is "Public Health" anyway? This interactive game will introduce you to the world of public health as you help discover the source of the outbreak that has hit the small community of Watersedge and stop it before more residents get sick.

Educators can use the Teacher's Guide for ideas on incorporating the game into classes.


The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to:

  1. Identify specific jobs within the career field of public health; and
  2. Describe the steps of an outbreak investigation.


For CPH certification, the following competencies may be met:

  • Domain 1: Data Analytics and Assessment Skills
    • 1.3. Collects quantitative and qualitative data
    • 1.8. Assesses community health status
  • Domain 6: Public Health Sciences Skills
    • 6.2. Applies public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) in delivering the 10 Essential Public Health Services
    • 6.3. Uses evidence in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services
  • Domain 7: Management and Finance Skills
    • 7.10. Applies critical thinking in decision making


Produced by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Minnesota Department of Health Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Subject matter experts: Jeff Bender, DVM, MS; Craig Hedberg, PhD; Mickey Scullard, MPH, MEP

Outbreak at Watersedge: A Public Health Discovery Game, is made possible through a COVID-19 Public Health Supplemental Funding grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that is administered by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) through an agreement with the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health: Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number NU90TP922188. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

Continuing Education Units

Completion of this game simulation is eligible for up to:

  • 0.5 contact hours of professional continuing education
  • 1 CPH Recertification Credit
  • or 0.05 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Contact & Questions

For questions regarding course registration, materials, and content, please email Continuing Public Health Education and Outreach at cpheo@umn.edu.

For questions regarding system access, log-in, user name, or password, please email help@umn.edu or call 612-301-4357.

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Section Title
Outbreak at Watersedge
Online, self paced
Jan 04, 2024 to Jan 06, 2025
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
No Fee $0.00
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