Quarantine and Isolation

Category: Quarantine and Isolation

There are three sections in this course:

  • Section 1: Iowa Legal Code and Quarantine and Isolation provides a detailed account of the legal tools available in Iowa code and how to use them. You will have the opportunity to test your understanding of the material presented at various points in the module.
  • Section 2: Quarantine and Isolation During a Public Health Disaster contains information on legal tools that can be used during a public health disaster. Included in this module is a link to an article that discusses key considerations in making the decision to impose a wide-scale quarantine. After reading the article, you are asked to participate in a discussion of the article.
  • Section 3: Resources is a list of agencies who can answer your questions and provide you with assistance during a bio-emergency, particularly in regards to isolation and quarantine. It also contains a bio-emergency preparedness checklist for you to review.

At the end of the course, you will have an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have learned in the course in a Case Scenario based on a real-life situation in Iowa.

Intended Audience

Public health practitioners who need to increase their ability to effectively contain communicable diseases through quarantine and isolation.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify which diseases are reportable under Iowa code and follow legal guidelines for reporting them
  • Understand the legal definitions of quarantine, isolation, and public health disaster in Iowa
  • Understand and use Iowa code to contain a communicable disease in a bio-emergency
  • Identify who has jurisdiction to impose a quarantine
  • Understandthe key factors involved in the decision to call for a quarantine in a given situation
  • Imposeand enforce a quarantine using a process established by a local board of health, or assist the Iowa Department of Public Health in their efforts
  • Recognizeif a local board of health’s process to quarantine conflicts with the process of the Iowa Department of Health
  • Listresources that can assist with issues of isolation, quarantine, and the containment of communicable disease; contract and make appropriate use of them

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals identified:

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • 1A3. Applies ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
  • 1A8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative data

Domain 2: Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

  • 2A8. Implements policies, programs, and services

Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  • 5A5. Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information, connects people to resources)

Domain 7: Financial Planning and Management Skills

  • 7A3. Adheres to organizational policies and procedures

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

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Creation and/or update

July 26, 2014