Forensic Epidemiology: Joint Training for Law Enforcement and Public Health Officials

Category: Epidemiology

Course Summary

There are four modules
in this course:

  • Module 1: Public Health Epidemiology for Law Enforcement
  • Module 2: Criminal Investigation for Public Health Professionals
  • Module 3: The Role of the Laboratory - Public Health and
  • Module 4: Working Together on Investigations

After completing these modules, you will be presenting with three case studies. Problems and
questions will be discussed and you may also involve in a discussion board for
in-depth discussion regarding the case studies.

There are
practice exercises at the end of each module. These practice exercises will
provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in
these modules. There is a post-test at the end of case studies.

Intended Audience

Groups of law enforcement officers and public health
professionals who want to learn how to work together in investigating disease
outbreaks that are or may also be crimes, bioterrorism events, or other
deliberately caused outbreaks 

Learning Objectives

Module 1: Public Health Epidemiology for Law Enforcement

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Define common public health terminology.
  • Describe how public health agencies approach preventing and
    controlling infectious diseases.
  • Describe how epidemiologists approach finding, investigating, and
    controlling outbreaks.

Module 2: Criminal Investigations and Basics of the Incident
Management System

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the goals of law enforcement in criminal investigations.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of various law enforcement
  • List and describe the steps involved in a
    criminal investigation process.

Module 3: The Roles of the Laboratories -- Public Health and

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the roles of the public health and forensic (crime)
  • Discuss public health laboratory procedures in suspected
    bioterrorism events.
  • Discuss forensic laboratory procedures in criminal or terrorism
  • Outline the chain of custody as it applies to laboratory

Module 4: Working Together on Investigation

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Define "Incident Command System." 
  • Describe the components and factors affecting Incident Command
  • Explain incident command transition considerations.
  • Describe implementation of the Federal Response Plan (PDD-39,
    PDD-62, HSPD-5) when planning for and responding to a terrorist incident.
  • List factors that contribute for joint investigations to be
  • Explain the different phases of sharing sensitive information for
    public health and law enforcement professionals.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health
Professionals identified:

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • 1A8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and
    qualitative data

Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice

  • 5A5. Collaborates with community partners to improve health
    in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information,
    connects people to resources) 

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


2.5 hours

Presenter(s) and/or Content

Technical requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

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Creation and/or update

September 11, 2013