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The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual

Sonja A. Rasmussen and Richard A. Goodman


The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual is the definitive resource for the most up-to-date guidance for epidemiologists and other experts conducting field investigations to address acute public health concerns that require prompt action. This latest edition (an update of the 3rd edition of the popular book Field Epidemiology, edited by Dr. Michael Gregg) offers practical advice to guide investigators through the core elements of field investigations, beginning with initiating operations and ending with developing interventions and communicating findings to the public. The manual also provides specia ... More

Keywords: field investigation, field epidemiology, epidemic, outbreak, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190933692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190933692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonja A. Rasmussen, editor
Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases and Director of Office of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Richard A. Goodman, editor
Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

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Part One The Field Investigation

1 Defining Field Epidemiology

Richard A. Goodman, James W. Buehler, and Joshua A. Mott

2 Initiating Operations

Duc J. Vugia, Richard A. Goodman, James L. Hadler, and Danice K. Eaton

3 Conducting a Field Investigation

Michael E. King, Diana M. Bensyl, Richard A. Goodman, and Sonja A. Rasmussen

4 Collecting Data

Katrina Hedberg and Julie Maher

5 Using Technologies for Data Collection and Management

Janet J. Hamilton and Richard S. Hopkins

6 Describing Epidemiologic Data

Robert E. Fontaine

7 Designing and Conducting Analytic Studies in the Field

Brendan R. Jackson and Patricia M. Griffin

9 Optimizing Epidemiology–Laboratory Collaborations

M. Shannon Keckler, Reynolds M. Salerno, and Michael W. Shaw

10 Collecting and Analyzing Qualitative Data

Brent Wolff, Frank Mahoney, Anna Leena Lohiniva, and Melissa Corkum

11 Developing Interventions

James L. Hadler, Jay K. Varma, Duc J. Vugia, and Richard A. Goodman

12 Communicating During an Outbreak or Public Health Investigation

Abbigail J. Tumpey, David Daigle, and Glen Nowak

Part Two Special Considerations

13 Legal Considerations

James D. Holt, Sudevi Navalkar Ghosh, and Jennifer R. Black

15 Multinational Outbreak Investigations

Frank Mahoney and James W. Le Duc

16 Emergency Operations Centers and Incident Management Structure

Jeffrey L. Bryant, Daniel M. Sosin, Tim W. Wiedrich, and Stephen C. Redd

17 Geographic Information System Data

Stephanie Foster, Erica Adams, Ian Dunn, and Andrew Dent

18 Healthcare Settings

Bryan E. Christensen and Ryan P. Fagan

19 Community Congregate Settings

Amra Uzicanin and Joanna Gaines

20 Exposures and Conditions of Acute Environmental Origin

Sharon M. Watkins and Jerry Fagliano

21 Occupational Disease and Injury

Kathleen Kreiss and Kristin J. Cummings

23 Acute Enteric Disease Outbreaks

Ian T. Williams, Laura Whitlock, and Matthew E. Wise

24 Suspected Intentional Use of Biologic and Toxic Agents

Stephen Papagiotas and Kelly Shannon

25 Suicide, Violence, and Other Forms of Injury

Joseph E. Logan and James A. Mercy

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