Forensic Epidemiology: Joint Training for Law Enforcement and Public Health Officials

Epidemiology & Surveillance
Online Course
2.5 hours
University of Iowa
Upper Midwest PERLC

This course aims to provide both public health professionals and law enforcement officers with information on forensic epidemiology methods, operations and procedures during responses and investigations, and effective communication between public health and law enforcement officials.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Define common public health terminology
  • Describe how public health agencies approach preventing and controlling infectious diseases
  • Describe how epidemiologists approach finding, investigating, and controlling outbreaks
  • Discuss the goals of law enforcement in criminal investigations
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of various law enforcement agencies
  • List and describe the steps involved in a criminal investigation process
  • Describe the roles of the public health and forensic (crime) laboratories
  • Discuss public health laboratory procedures in suspected bioterrorism events
  • Discuss forensic laboratory procedures in criminal or terrorism events
  • Outline the chain of custody as it applies to laboratory specimens
  • Define Incident Command System.
  • Describe the components and factors affecting Incident Command System
  • Explain incident command transition considerations
  • Describe implementation of the Federal Response Plan (PDD-39, PDD-62, HSPD-5) when planning for and responding to a terrorist incident
  • List factors that contribute for joint investigations to be effective
  • Explain the different phases of sharing sensitive information for public health and law enforcement professionals
PHEP Capabilities: 
Community Preparedness
Community Recovery
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation