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.

Learning Outcome

As a result of this activity the learner will enhance their knowledge and competence in field epidemiology, its relationship to the broader field of epidemiology and basic data analysis techniques that are used in 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.

We wish to acknowledge the assistance of Stan Kondracki, retired Epidemiologist for the New York State Department of Health, in developing this training.

Continuing Education Credits

CNE Credits offered until February 28, 2022. All other credits offered until June 30, 2023.

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1.0 nursing contact hours.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This event is sponsored by School of Public Health, University at Albany, an approved provider of CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

This offering is approved for 1.0 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credits.

1.0 hours of Generic Continuing Education Credits.

  • Training launched: January 1, 2008
  • Estimated time: 1–1.5 hours
  • Training is free and open to the public

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.