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These Epidemiologic Case Studies are based on historical events and include epidemiologic methods that were practiced at the time. Given the historical nature of this content, the methods that are referenced in this site may be outdated practices in some settings. As some of the practices are still used, they continue to offer educational value.

These case studies are interactive exercises developed to teach epidemiologic principles and practices. They are based on real-life outbreaks and public health problems and were developed in collaboration with the original investigators and experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The case studies require students to apply their epidemiologic knowledge and skills to problems confronted by public health practitioners at the local, state, and national level every day.

Three types of epidemiologic case studies are available.

Classroom Case Studies

Primarily for use in a group setting with a knowledgeable instructor.

Instructor’s Guide

Foodborne Disease

Waterborne Disease

Outbreak Simulation

Gives students the opportunity to work through an outbreak investigation as a lead investigator.

Outbreak Simulation: Pharyngitis in Louisiana (CB3050)