Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP)

Web Course

Initial Foodborne Illness Investigation


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The goal of this course is to provide information on the initial actions taken during the investigation of foodborne illness. Information includes specimen and sample collection, effective interviewing techniques, and communication strategies that can be effective during the initial investigation.




These online courses will identify the roles and responsibilities of the epidemiology, laboratory, and environmental investigation disciplines and how they fit into the outbreak team. These courses will emphasize the importance of all team members working together to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the response effort to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness.

Target Audience

The target audience is Epidemiologists, Environmental Health Specialists, laboratory personnel, and any others who would be involved in a foodborne outbreak investigation and response.

Technical Requirements

Operating System



Pop-up Blockers

Windows 8, 8.1

IE 9 or above

MS office viewer (Word, PPT, Excel)




Adobe PDF Reader 8 or above



Google Chrome

Macromedia Flash Player 9 or above


Mac OS X


Adobe PDF Reader for Mac




Macromedia Flash Player 9 or above


  Google Chrome    

Note: Funding for this web course was made possible, in part, by the Department of Homeland Security through grant R181731094, views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Homeland Security; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.


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