Web-based Case Study

These Epidemiologic Case Studies are based on historical events and include epidemiologic methods that were practiced at the time. Given the historical nature of this content, the methods that are referenced on this site may be outdated practices in some settings. As some of the practices are still used, they continue to offer educational value.

Screenshot of Salmonella in the Caribbean

The web-based epidemiologic case study is a self-study, interactive exercise that is based on a real-life outbreak and public health problem. This study was developed in collaboration with the original investigators and experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This case study emulates the traditional classroom case study experience but takes advantage of the self-instruction design. Students can complete the web-based case study on their own time and at their own pace.

In the web-based case study, students can access hints and reference materials. When answering questions, students receive feedback tailored to their answers. Students needing more remedial work have the option to review basic epidemiologic and public health concepts. Curious students can explore topics of interest through special lessons.

Although designed to be a self-study, the web-based case study can be used in the classroom setting as a group exercise, homework, or test to reinforce concepts covered in class. The instructors guide [PDF – 913 KB] describes ways the case study may be used in the classroom setting, include resources available through the case study, and suggest topics for further discussions with students.

Although based on classroom case studies, the web-based version is more basic than classroom versions—and will emphasize different learning objectives.

Web-based case study available:
Salmonella in the Caribbean (CB1167)