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

The planners and course authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. No commercial support has been accepted for this activity.

Employed by or in New York State?

If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you enroll for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).