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This issue of FOCUS offered by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health describes the basic steps involved in investigating non-infectious disease clusters, including how to decide whether to investigate at all.
- Describe the basic steps involved in investigating non-infectious disease clusters, including the initial ascertainment of the cluster, assessment of excess occurrence, determining the feasibility of an etiologic investigation, and conducting an etiologic study
- Describe how to decide whether to proceed with the investigation at each step
- Provide an overview of ways to communicate your findings with the public