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North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH)

Article introducing the basic measures of association used in the epidemiologic investigation and presents methods for calculating these measures of association.

Approximate Length: 8 pages

Requirements: None

Cost: Free


Format:
Journal Article
North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH)

Article introduces the environmental assessment, reasons why they are conducted, and the basic components of an environmental assessment.

Approximate Length: 6 pages

Requirements: None

Cost: Free


Format:
Journal Article
North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH)

Article introduces the traceback investigation, reasons why they are conducted, information gathered during a traceback investigation, and presents simple examples of tracebacks.

Approximate Length: 6 pages

Requirements: None

Cost: Free


Format:
Journal Article
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA/ORAU

The Food Related Emergency Exercise Bundle (FREE-B) is a compilation of scenarios based on both intentional and unintentional food contamination events. It is designed with the intention of assisting government regulatory and public health agencies in assessing existing food emergency response plans, protocols and procedures that may be in place, or that they are in the process of revising or even developing.

Approximate length: 2 days

Requirements: Meant for tabletop setting

Cost: Free


Format:
In-Person Training
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA/ORAU

Six module online course hosted by the FDA/ORAU focusing on the key components of a foodborne illness investigation, including surveillance, illness detection, team roles, epidemiological techniques & methods, conducting an environmental assessment, and writing the final report.

Approximate length: 2.5-3 hours

Requirements: Registration required, completion of preceding sections required

Cost: Free to regulatory and state agency personnel


Format:
Online Training
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Course focuses on the role of the environmental health specialist in a foodborne disease investigation with the insight to the other team members to understand the concept of surveillance, foodborne outbreak investigation and environmental investigation.

Approximate length: 3 days

Requirements: Registration Required

Cost: Free


Format:
In-Person Training
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

FBEA Certificate Training

The Foodborne Illness Outbreak Environmental Assessment (FBEA) certificate training is designed for environmental health specialists who want to take the most in-depth training available on environmental assessments. A working understanding of foodborne outbreak investigations and basic experience with routine inspections is recommended. This comprehensive self-paced training covers 13 environmental assessment topics and incorporates a variety of existing trainings from mixed modalities into the curriculum. Learning is assessed with individual module quizzes, with a required passing score of 80% or better. Upon completion of the training, users are presented with 13 NEHA continuing education credits. 

NEHA worked with the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence, the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to develop this comprehensive online certificate training.  


Format:
Online Training
Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence (CoE)
Florida CoE

Video for novice outbreak investigation team members highlighting the burden of foodborne illness, introduction to the changing food industry, and impacts on public health.

Approximate length: 11 minutes

Requirements: None

Cost: Free


Format:
Video
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Quick guide chart that includes foodborne disease-causing organisms and their average onset time, signs & symptoms, duration, and commonly associated food sources.

Approximate Length: 1 page
Requirements: None
Cost: Free - Must register to the NACCHO toolbox


Format:
Reference Table
Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence (CoE)
Tennessee CoE

Online, interactive course, which is the first part of a two part course. The first part includes three modules to identify the roles and responsibilities of the epidemiology, laboratory, and environmental investigation disciplines, and methods for enhancing communication and effectiveness of the response team.

Approximate length: 6.5-7 hours

Requirements: Registration required, pretest required

Cost: Free


Format:
Online Training

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