Melanie Firestone, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
University of Minnesota

This course focuses on the principles and practice of epidemiology to investigate urgent public health problems. The focus is on application of critical tools to identify, prevent, and respond to disease outbreaks, including roles and responsibilities. Modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Field Epidemiology Training Programs, the focus will include disease surveillance, descriptive epidemiology, outbreak investigations, and applied analytic methods. The course focuses on the use of sound judgement and discusses considerations for when epidemiologic theory and practical considerations conflict.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 6185-101 as part of the 2024 Public Health Institute.

Enrollment for this course will open on February 22, 2024.

For more information: z.umn.edu/PHI.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Learn the process for gathering information to design and implement interventions in response to real-world problems in a timely manner
  • Use descriptive epidemiology to develop hypotheses about sources of illness and draft surveys to test hypotheses
  • Identify key partners and articulate strategies for engaging partners to support field investigations
  • Evaluate communication methods (e.g. press releases, community outreach groups) for relevant audiences with an appropriate call for action to prevent additional illnesses

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. SPH is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

SPH will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

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