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Epidemiology for Non-Epidemiologists is a Course

Epidemiology for Non-Epidemiologists



Full course description

Note: Course content is available for free and continuing education credits are offered for a $12 fee. If desired, you will be asked to pay the fee upon completion of the course material.

A basic understanding of epidemiology is critical for public health emergency preparedness, outbreak investigations, and prompt decision-making in emergency situations. This online course is competency based and self-paced with instructional modules that explain key epidemiological methods. Activities are included that increase skills.


Public health professionals, registered nurses, and others who would like to gain a greater understanding of epidemiology.

Learning Objectives

  • Establish data collection protocols that systematically monitor community health indicators
  • Demonstrate readiness to apply epidemiological skills to a range of emergency situations
  • Disseminate notifiable disease information, reporting requirements and procedures to healthcare provider
  • Define algorithms that trigger further epidemiological investigation
  • Activate enhanced surveillance protocols to track the scope of an exposure or outbreak
  • Collect timely patient and health care utilization data on critical biological agents

Continuing Education Credit

4.0 Nursing Contact Hours (Credits expire on December 31, 2022)

4.0 CHES Category I CECH

Certificate of Completion

The Michigan Public Health Training Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The Michigan Public Health Training Center is a designated provider (ID# 99038) of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


This project was originally developed by the Michigan Center for Public Health Preparedness and supported by a Cooperative Agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, number U90/CCU524243-03. The Michigan Public Health Training Center co-sponsored the course. 

Updates to the course were supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27881 Region V Public Health Training Collaborative. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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