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Announcements: Environmental Microbiology: Control of Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases Course — January 7–12, 2013

CDC and Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health will cosponsor, Environmental Microbiology: Control of Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases, on January 7–12, 2013, at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. This 6-day course on the surveillance of foodborne and waterborne diseases is designed for public health practitioners and other students interested in the safety of food and water.

This course will provide a broad overview of the major foodborne and waterborne diseases. The course describes how information from surveillance is used to improve public health policy and practice in ways that contribute to the safety of food and water supplies. Participants will learn about microorganisms and chemical agents responsible for food and water-transmitted diseases, the diseases they cause, the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, reservoirs, modes of transmission, and surveillance systems. The course also will cover the transport, survival, and fate of pathogens in the environment, the concept of indicator organisms as surrogates for pathogens, and the removal and inactivation of pathogens and indicators by water and wastewater treatment processes. Examples of the public health impact of quality assurance programs, such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, to control foodborne and waterborne diseases in both industrialized and developing countries will be discussed.

This course is offered to public health professionals and Emory University students. Continuing Education credit is available. Tuition will be charged. The application deadline is December 15, 2012, or until all slots have been filled. Additional information and applications are available from by mail (Emory University, Hubert Department of Global Health [Attn: Pia Valeriano], 1518 Clifton Rd. NE, CNR Bldg., Room 7038, Atlanta, GA 30322); telephone (404-727-3485); fax (404-727-4590); online (http://www.sph.emory.edu/epicourses), or e-mail (pvaleri@emory.edu).


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