Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP)

Web Course

Laboratory Investigations Related to Foodborne Outbreaks


Laboratory investigator working with food Register

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This course covers key elements of a laboratory investigation into a foodborne outbreak. This course includes topics, such as the determination of likely causative agents; special considerations in collecting and submitting clinical samples and food specimens; and subtyping of the causative agents.




Key components of a laboratory investigation into a foodborne outbreak are covered including determining causative agents; submitting valid samples/specimens; and subtyping causative agents in a foodborne illness investigation

Target Audience

The target audience is Laboratory personnel, Epidemiologists, Public Health Nurses, Environmental Health Specialists, Public Health Officials, and other personnel who identify, investigate, and implement control measures in response to a foodborne disease outbreak.

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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