Disease Outbreak Investigation
Using real outbreak scenarios, this session outlined steps taken by epidemiologists to investigate an outbreak. Science Ambassadors learned basic epidemiological principles, including establishing the existence of an outbreak, constructing a working case definition, conducting descriptive epidemiology, developing and refining hypotheses, and implementing and evaluating control and prevention measures.
Dave Erickson, DDS, MPH, PhD
J. David Erickson, has a DDS from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta; an MPH from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and a PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. He is board certified in Dental Public Health. Dr. Erickson came to the then Center for Disease Control in 1974 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, and currently works in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. His professional interest is the prevention of birth defects through surveillance, and epidemiologic and genetic studies. Dr Erickson was a member of the Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Smokeless Tobacco, and was the chairperson of a CDC Institutional Review Board. He is a past chairperson of the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects, and is currently a member of the Board of the Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities.
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