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Columbia Part of Collaborative Educational Program: Student Surge Capacity for Outbreak Investigation (Team Epi)

The Student Surge Capacity for Outbreak Investigation (Team Epi) is an educational collaborative program between Columbia School of Public Health, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH).

Team Epi, not limited to epidemiology graduate students, recruits and trains student volunteers from epidemiology, environmental health sciences, and biostatistics to provide surge capacity support of epidemiological investigations at the NYC DOHMH in the event of an outbreak in New York City.

The course is offered each semester as an on-going request from the NYC Department of Health. Dr. Stephen Morse is a co-founder of the program and presents to the students throughout the year on outbreak investigation interviewing strategies.