e-Learning Module on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
This e-Learning course module provides training on how to use a systems approach in foodborne illness outbreak environmental assessments. Participants acquire in-depth skills and knowledge to
- Investigate foodborne illness outbreaks as a member of a larger outbreak response team,
- Identify an outbreak’s environmental causes, and
- Recommend appropriate control measures.
To register for the e-Learning course when it is released in early 2014, send an e-mail to NVEAIS@CDC.GOV. Include the following information in your request:
- Agency or organization
- Job title
- E-mail address
- Phone number
Upon registration, CDC will provide you a user account. Before you start the course, you will take a pretest (to assess current knowledge). After the pretest you can start the course on foodborne illness outbreak environmental assessment:
- Your assessment
- Overview of foodborne illness outbreak environmental assessments
- Effective interviewing skills
- Observation and record review
- Critical thinking skills
- Organizing assessment information
- Control strategies and concluding actions
Module 1 skills are presented in the context of a simulated virtual classroom. Module 1 can be completed in about 10-12 hours.
Module 2 (which is not yet available) will introduce the learner to a virtual environment in which to practice foundation skill lessons.
More About This e-Learning Course and NVEAIS
This course and NVEAIS. CDC developed the National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System (NVEAIS) to collect data to help prevent and reduce the risk for foodborne illness outbreaks associated with food service establishments. CDC highly recommends completing this e-Learning course before participating in NVEAIS; however, the course can be taken independently of NVEAIS.
Visit National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System (NVEAIS) for more information on the system.
Collaborators. This national foodborne illness outbreak environmental assessment course was collaboratively developed by CDC with the help of its Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net) grantees the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. EHS-Net is a collaborative forum of local, state, and federal food program officials who work toward understanding the environmental causes of foodborne and waterborne disease.