School of Public Health


EPI 594 Field Epidemiology: Student Epidemic Action Leaders Team (1-2, max. 8)

Introduces applied epidemiology in public health practice, specifically in areas of outbreak investigation, public health preparedness and response. Includes fieldwork opportunities. Offered: AWSpS.

Summer 2020

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Autumn 2020

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14942A1.0Friday @ 8:30am - 10:20amN/AJanet G. Baseman

Winter 2021

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00000A2.0Tuesday @ 8:30am - 10:20amN/AJanet G. Baseman
For a complete listing of Epidemiology courses, their elective categories, and when they are typically offered, please see the Epidemiology Course Planning Sheet

Additional Course Details

Participation in this team will introduce you to the field of applied epidemiology and communicable diseases at the state and local level. Through assigned readings, group discussion, and lectures, this course will provide you with the skills to assist in outbreak investigation and other public health preparedness and response activities. You will deploy to state and local health departments throughout Washington where you will gain experience assisting epidemiology staff working on the ground in public health practice. By the end of your time with the SEAL Team you will have gained a deeper understanding of epidemiological methods used in the field and will have participated in real investigations and/or other public health field opportunities. 

Topics Covered:

  • Public health practice and applied epidemiology
  • Public health surveillance 
  • Outbreak investigation
  • Communication in public health practice
  • Interview skills 
  • Data safety
  • Outbreak study design
  • Contact tracing and cluster investigation
  • Environmental health and common pathogens
  • After action review, hot wash, and implications of public health practice work

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of epidemiologists in public heath practice 
  • Apply methods and skills learned in the classroom during field work opportunities at state and local health departments
  • Demonstrate good teamwork, communication, adaptability, and professionalism in the field

Course Format

Lectures, in-class exercises, homework: online modules, worksheets, readings, and field assignments

Course Materials Needed


How You Are Evaluated

  • Online module training and readings: pre/post tests
  • Participation 
  • Field assignments 
  • Field Assignment Update Forms

Contact the Instructor

Janet Baseman (