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Forensic Epidemiology

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Jennifer Horney
Director of Training and Education

North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness
CB #8165, 400 Roberson St.
Chapel Hill
NC, 27599

Phone: (919) 843-5566
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Forensic epidemiology encompasses the combination of conducting an epidemiological investigation and a criminal investigation, simultaneously.

In this two-part series, Pia MacDonald, PhD, Project Director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Sally Mountcastle, PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, provide an overview of both Epidemiology and Forensic Epidemiology.

Target Audience:

These learning modules are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness. These modules are created by faculty and guest lecturers at the UNC-CH School of Public Health and are equivalent to graduate level content.

Educational Objectives

  • Define Epidemiology and understand ways in which it has, and continues to be used in public health
  • Define Forensic Epidemiology; understand why discipline began, direction it is going, and challenges it faces
  • Understand public health's role in investigating natural outbreaks of disease and that certain unusual or unnatural findings in an investigation may suggest intentional criminal actions

Forensic Epidemiology Presentation Part I

Forensic Epidemiology Presentation Part II

Primary Toolkit:

EQUIPh Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Epidemiology, Surveillance


Institutional Author:

North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness





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