Prevention and Education

The ultimate goal for public health is not just stopping outbreaks once they occur, but preventing them from happening in the first place. The long-term result of outbreak investigations and additional research should be improved practices in industry, stronger regulations and enforcement by U.S. regulatory agencies, and better consumer understanding, all of which should reduce the number of foodborne illnesses that occur.

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Foodborne Diseases Training Module

This four-part online training covers foodborne illnesses and pathogens, surveillance, and the burden of illness. It is designed to build international workforce capacity to detect, respond to, and prevent disease outbreaks. This course is meant for epidemiologists and laboratory scientists but is also useful for public health professionals interested in food safety and regulation.

To access the training, log in or create an account at CDC Trainexternal icon  and search for “Foodborne Introductory Training Module.”