SHEA Announces Training Course in Healthcare Epidemiology

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announce that the 2011 SHEA/CDC Training Course in Healthcare Epidemiology will be held May 14-17, 2011 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel in Salt Lake City.

The SHEA/CDC Course in Healthcare Epidemiology provides training for infectious diseases fellows, healthcare epidemiologists, infection preventionists, quality improvement staff, public health officials, and others interested in training and application of epidemiologic principles. The course, in existence for more than 10 years, emphasizes hands-on exercises, practical materials, and case studies supplemented with lectures and seminars covering fundamental aspects of healthcare epidemiology, including: epidemiology and surveillance; epidemic/cluster investigation; transmission and control of nosocomial infections; disinfection and sterilization; employee health; isolation systems; regulatory compliance; quality improvement; and patient safety.

Objectives of the training course are as follows:

- Identify the major statistical methods applied to epidemiologic data.

- Use appropriate data acquisition methods to assess validity, interpret statistical tests, and make causal relationships.

- Apply different surveillance techniques and computerization methods.

- Define trends in transmission and control of healthcare-associated infections and drug resistant-pathogens, as well as other emerging infections in the healthcare setting.

- Discuss quality improvement (QI) methods that impact healthcare epidemiology and safety in the healthcare setting.

- Discuss the usage and role of the public health agencies in practice.

- Apply and define various outbreak investigation techniques.

- Recognize the role of CDC in healthcare epidemiology in the U.S., including providing national healthcare epidemiology data and assistance in outbreak investigation, and disseminating, implementing and evaluating evidence-based guidelines for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections and other adverse events.

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