Anatomy of a Foodborne Outbreak

The "JIT" training is divided into two components: a digital story of an E.coli O157:H7 outbreak and the training session which is broken into six sections:

  • Section 1: CDC’s Recommendations
  • Section 2: Available Methods – Toxin Testing and Culture
  • Section 3: Reporting Toxin and Culture Results
  • Section 4: Submission of Isolates to the Public Health Laboratory
  • Section 5: Iowa-Specific Recommendations/Iowa Administrative Code
  • Section 6: Checklists

By following the steps leading from initial food ingestion, to an epidemiological investigation and the final identification of the contaminated food, you will learn the importance of making timely and appropriate decisions for submissions to the state public health laboratory. 

The course also offers a training section and a checklist for the detection, isolation and submission of STECs. When you have completed the course, you will be able to print a certificate suitable for your competency training records. 

Intended Audience


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this part, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the overall community and public health significance of an enteric pathogen from just one patient
  • Understand the process and timeline of a foodborne outbreak
  • Describe the role of sentinel labs in preventing the spread of illness caused by contaminated food


Pre-requisites/Learning Level

HAZMAT Awareness for Healthcare Providers

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Analytical/Assessment Skills, Communication Skills, Public Health Sciences Skills, Community Dimensions of Practice Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Dr. Michael Pentella, PhD; Mary DeMartino, BS, MT, SM; Jon DeMartino, MLT; Dena Fife, Johnathan Choate, Tim Beachy

Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

Register a free account

Creation and/or update

July 16, 2012