Continuing Education Information for Environmental Assessment Training Series (EATS) 101

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CDC Course Number: WB4534

Course Description and Objectives

The goal of this training is to set a foundation of skills needed for conducting an environmental health assessment in an isolated food service setting. This training will teach participants how to use critical thinking, interviewing, sampling, and observation to identify an outbreak’s contributing factors and properly gather data to support the National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS).

At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the 5 internal variables that influence food safety.
  2. Identify the 5 stages in conducting an environmental assessment site visit.
  3. Apply critical thinking skills to identify ways to remediate food safety problems in the presented scenario.
  4. Describe 3 ways that this educational activity will improve my contribution as a team member.
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Faculty/Credentials

Laura Brown, PhD, Lead Behavioral Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health

Course CEU Renewal Date:  March 14, 2022

Course CEU Expiration Date:   March 14, 2024

Course URL: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/elearn/eats/index.html

Prerequisites: None

Format: This is web-based

Required Hardware/Software

Standard computer with internet access, keyboard, mouse, speakers or headphones, and video/graphics capabilities.

Target Audience

Epidemiologists, Laboratorians, Environmental Health Specialists, Public Health Specialists, Environmental Health Regulators, Restaurant/Food Chain Regulators, Business Community, Academia, Public Health Sector.

Contact Information: NEARS@cdc.gov

Accreditation Statements

For Continuing Education Units (CEU): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this program.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a preapproved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 8.0 CPH recertification credits for this program. CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

For National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Credential Holders: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a preapproved provider of Continuing Education (CE) credits and is authorized to offer 9 CE credits for this program. NEHA credential holders may self-report their CE in the MyNEHAexternal icon portal.

Disclosure

In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planning committee reviewed content to ensure there is no bias. Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use. CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

To Receive Continuing Education (CE):

In order to receive continuing education (CE) for WB4534 – Environmental Assessment Training Series (EATS) 101: Foundation Skills (Web Based), please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before March 14, 2024.

Fees

No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

If you have any questions or problems, contact CDC Training and Continuing Education Online at: ce@cdc.gov.