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


Principles of Epidemiology TRAINING DATES ARE FULL

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) to introduce students to the core principles and concepts of epidemiological practices in the realm of public health. This course covers basic epidemiology principles, concepts, and procedures useful in the surveillance and investigation of health-related states or events that pertain particularly to infectious disease.

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 eight 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 eight 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 days of classroom exercises at the Central District Health Office, in Columbia. Attendees of the in-class training must bring a calculator and laptop computer with them to the class. In addition, attendees must be able to install EpiInfo 7.2 on their computer. A mandatory half-day introduction to EpiInfo 7.2 is scheduled for the afternoon prior to the start of the in person workshop that will provide attendees the opportunity to become familiar with EpiInfo 7.2 through in-class exercises and activities, and allow the instructors to ensure that every attendee has the software correctly installed and operating properly. The two day workshop is very fast paced so it is important that everyone is familiar with how the software works and there are no interruptions related to having the software correctly installed. If you have any questions about the half-day session, please contact Diana Winder 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 Principles of Epidemiology; 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 successful submitted. Keep in mind that this does not guarantee your spot in the workshop, it only allows you to access the online modules. You must receive a 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 2 days of submitting your registration,contact Diana Winder at (573) 526-5832 or by email Participants will be responsible for hotel accommodations, meals, and travel expenses. If you would like to attend, complete the online registration form. Questions regarding the registration process should be directed to Diana Winder.

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. (For individuals interested in obtaining RACE credit please contact the CDC Continuing Education office for details, 1-800-41TRAIN or You will need to register for the course (SS1000) and complete the course evaluation and exam online. You will have to answer at least 70% of the exam questions correctly to receive credit and to be awarded CDC’s certificate of successful completion. For more information about continuing education credits, please call 1-800-41TRAIN (1-800-418-7246).

Epidemiology Exercises for Regional Response Teams

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