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Classroom Case Studies

Student and teacherThe epidemiologic case studies for the classroom are based on real-life outbreaks and public health problems. They were developed in collaboration with the original investigators and experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In these case studies, a group of students works through a public health problem with guidance from a knowledgeable instructor. Each case study begins with the recognition of the problem and proceeds through the resulting investigation in a linear fashion. Information about the problem is slowly revealed to the students. Periodic open-ended questions are used to highlight important aspects of the investigation and provoke discussion and exchange of ideas among participants.

Paper-based student and instructor versions are available for each classroom case study. The instructor's version provides teaching points and basic information about each of the questions. Selected case studies are available in Spanish and German.