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Announcements: Environmental Microbiology: Control of Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases Course — January 9–13, 2012

CDC and Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health will cosponsor Environmental Microbiology: Control of Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases, on January 9--13, 2012, at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. This 5-day course on surveillance of foodborne and waterborne diseases is designed for public health practitioners and other students interested in food and water safety.

The course will describe how disease surveillance information is used to improve public health policy and practice in ways that contribute to food and water safety. Attendees will learn about microorganisms and chemical agents responsible for food and water-transmitted diseases, the diseases they cause, their pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, reservoirs, and modes of transmission, and surveillance systems. The course also will cover the transport, survival, and fate of pathogens in the environment; indicator organisms as surrogates for pathogens; and removal and inactivation of pathogens and indicators by water and wastewater treatment processes. Examples of quality assurance programs, such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, and their effectiveness in controlling foodborne and waterborne diseases in industrialized and developing countries also will be discussed.

This course is offered to Emory University students and to public health professionals. Tuition will be charged. The application deadline is December 20, 2010, or until all slots have been filled. Additional information and applications are available by mail (Emory University, Hubert Department of Global Health [Attn: Pia Valeriano], 1518 Clifton Rd. NE, Rm. CNR Bldg., room 7038, Atlanta, GA 30322); telephone, (404-727-3485); fax (404-727-4590); online ( or by e-mail (

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