Environmental Health surveillance

Environmental Health surveillance


Environmental Health surveillance

Course Outcome assessed in this Assignment

HS415-2: Examine the principles of environmental epidemiology, including sources and exposure pathways of environmental hazards.


Review the List of Selected Multistate Foodborne Outbreak Investigations and the Waterborne Disease & Outbreak Surveillance Reports:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (20 Sep 2018). Foodborne Outbreaks: List of Selected Multistate Foodborne Outbreak Investigations. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/outbreaks/multistate-outbreaks/outbreaks-list.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (16 Oct 2017). Waterborne Disease & Outbreak Surveillance Reports. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/surveillance/surveillance-reports.html

Select an outbreak from one of these lists that you would like to research further. After selecting an outbreak, write a minimum 500-word expository essay by discussing the following:

Provide a brief description of the outbreak (who, what, when, where).

Describe the pathogen responsible for the outbreak, including the signs and symptoms of illness and complications that can lead to hospitalization and/or death.

Discuss the potential source (food, water, air, etc.) and exposure pathways for the pathogen (ingested, inhaled, absorbed, etc.)

What were the results of the outbreak? How many confirmed and/or suspected cases, hospitalizations and deaths occurred? How did the outbreak cease?

What disease investigation principles were used to determine the pathogen, source and exposure pathway of the outbreak?

How can similar outbreaks be prevented in the future?


Your paper needs to include at least three (3) references, which may include the assigned reading material for Unit 2.

Submitting your Assignment

Your paper must be submitted in a Microsoft® Word® file. Save the paper with the proper naming convention, using the last name listed in the grade book: lastname_HS415_Unit2.docx

Submit your file to the Unit 2 Assignment 1 Dropbox.

To view your graded work, come back to the Dropbox or go to the Grades tab after your instructor has evaluated it. Make sure that you save a copy of your submitted presentation.

Environmental Health

Environmental Health