Empire State Public Health Training Center

Field Epidemiology



This course provides an overview of field epidemiology and the steps of an outbreak investigation. The course describes the context of field epidemiology and its relationship to epidemiology in general, and reviews some basic techniques typically used in data analysis in the field.


This course is intended for public health nurses, sanitarians, and other public health professionals who may play a role during an outbreak investigation.


After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define field epidemiology.
  • Identify the roles of professionals involved in outbreak investigations.
  • Identify the steps of outbreak investigations.
  • Utilize some of the basic techniques for data analysis.

Technical Requirements

This course is built to XHTML 1.1 specifications. A modern web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox is required to view the pages.


Originally launched January 30th, 2008


Estimated time for this course is 1 to 1½ hours


Free and open to the public.


Stan Kondracki, retired Epidemiologist for the New York State Department of Health

This Date in
Public Health

On this date in 1963, Maurice Hilleman isolated the mumps virus from his daughter.

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