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Case Studies

CDC FETP Case Study – Research Ethics

Short-course Zidovudine Compared to What? A Trial to Prevent Mother-to-Infant HIV Transmission is a classroom-based interactive case study that addresses ethical and scientific issues in research. The research example used in this case study is a randomized controlled trial of zidovudine to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in developing countries after its effectiveness had been established in developed countries. The case study focuses on ethical issues, particularly the appropriateness and selection of a comparison (placebo) group, the review process, and informed consent.

CDC EIS Case Studies

The case studies in applied epidemiology have been developed at CDC and used in training for Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officers, “disease detectives”. The case studies allow students to practice their epidemiologic skills in the classroom to carefully crafted exercises that detail real public health problems.

CDC Foodborne Case Studies

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.

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