Below is a list of upcoming events and educational materials related to communicable disease control and prevention.


Nothing scheduled at this time.

Educational Materials

Stop the GERMS - WASH your hands!
New laminated poster, stock #8


CDC - Public Health 101 Series

The Public Health 101 Series provides an introduction to public health and covers the sciences essential to public health practice. The fundamental scientific components span topics in epidemiology, public health informatics and surveillance, health economics, public health laboratory science, and related fields.
This series is designed for

  • Public health professionals who have not had formal training in a particular core area or who would like a refresher
  • Persons new to public health
  • Public health educators and instructors
  • Persons interested in pursuing public health careers
Materials are offered in different formats for use by learners and instructors.

Principles of Epidemiology

The purpose of the Principles of Epidemiology course is to prepare public health professionals to conduct communicable disease surveillance and epidemiologic investigations. The course was developed by epidemiologists within the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Bureau of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention to introduce students to the core principles and concepts of epidemiological practices in the realm of public health. This course covers epidemiology principles, concepts, and procedures useful in the surveillance and investigation of communicable diseases. Please note that Principles of Epidemiology is an advanced, fast-paced training. For more basic communicable disease training needs (i.e., case investigation, data entry, etc.), please contact your District Epidemiologists.

This course is open to employees of Missouri local public health agencies and DHSS. The training is made up of two parts: online training modules and in-person classroom training. The online training includes nine modules with a quiz following each module. Key concepts covered will be:

  • Applications of descriptive and analytic epidemiology,
  • Calculating and interpreting ratios, proportions, incidence rates, mortality rates, and understanding prevalence,
  • Preparing and analyzing tables, graphs, and charts,
  • Describing the processes and uses of public health surveillance,
  • Describing the steps of an outbreak investigation

Training participants are required to have a passing score of at least 80% on all module quizzes prior to attending the in-person training. You can access the online modules at the following link:

The in-person training is comprised of two and one half days of classroom exercises at various locations in Missouri. Attendees must bring a laptop with them to the class, which must have the latest version of Epi Info software installed prior to attendance. If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Cantrell at the number listed below.

Tablets, iPhones, and notebooks cannot be used as they are not compatible with the computer segment of the classroom exercises. There is no registration fee for this workshop; however, space is limited so registration is required. After the online registration form is submitted, you will receive an email stating that your registration has been successfully submitted. Please keep in mind that this does not guarantee your spot in the workshop. You will be sent an email with an attached letter, confirming your spot in the workshop, or an email stating that all the spots are full. If you do not receive a letter or email within two days of submitting your registration, please contact Ellen Cantrell at (573) 526-5832 or by email Participants will be responsible for hotel accommodations, meals, and travel expenses. If you would like to attend, please complete the online registration form. Questions regarding the registration process should be directed to Ellen Cantrell.

Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice - Third Edition
Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) SELF-STUDY Course SS1000

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Continuing Education Credit
To receive continuing education credit for completing the self-study course, go to the CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online at and register as a participant. This course has been archived and is no longer being updated, and no continuing educations credits are available. However, the course is still available for educational purposes.

Epidemiology Exercises for Regional Response Teams

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  • The Cruise Blues
  • March Madness
  • Fall Football Affliction
  • Just Another Weekend in a Sleepy College Town
  • Fatal Pneumonia in the Heartland