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Interprofessional Resource for Faculty — Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak E-module

This self-paced, interactive, competency-based, case study teaching module is a great resource to incorporate in interprofessional lesson planning for summer or fall 2019 curricula. The module aims to promote interprofessional practice to improve and protect population health and is targeted for public health (baccalaureate- and master’s-level), medical, and nursing (baccalaureate-, master’s-, and doctoral-level) students. Regarding public health audiences, this learning object is most relevant for Master of Public Health (MPH) students and could assist towards fulfilling the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) competency #21, “Perform effectively on interprofessional teams.” Two CPH CE credits are available along with a digital certificate upon completion. Access the module directly This module will be available for access through August 2020.

Competency-based Approach

Upon completion, learners will be able to “describe how professionals in health and other fields can collaborate and integrate clinical care and public health interventions to optimize population health” (Interprofessional Education Collaborative Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, Competency RR-10). Three sub-competencies and 28 learning objectives frame the module content.

Module Details

The case scenario of the module is a fictional foodborne illness based on the 2015-2016 multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Poona associated with cucumbers. The three settings in the module include:

The module encourages learners to deepen their knowledge through links to a variety of supplementary resources that extend the learning and length of the module from an estimated base of 90 minutes up to two hours. The module includes: an instructor’s guide, a pre-module assessment, case scenario videos, supporting resources that can be saved to a personal library, a post-module assessment, and a digital certificate of completion.

Background

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a foodborne disease outbreak as “An incident in which two or more persons experience a similar illness after ingestion of a common food, and epidemiologic analysis implicates the food as the source of the illness” (CDC, 2011).  These outbreaks are common but can be underrecognized by clinicians and the public. In 2018 alone, foodborne illness has been associated with raw meats, salads, vegetable trays, melon, cereal, eggs, coconut products, and nutritional supplements. See multistate foodborne outbreak investigations since 2006 in which CDC was the lead public health agency.

Acknowledgements

Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice was developed and launched in July 2018 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the four national associations that comprise CDC’s Academic Partnerships to Improve Health (APIH) initiative:

Subject matter experts from state and local public health departments and Epidemic Intelligence Service officers with the CDC who were involved in the S. Poona outbreak provided expert guidance for the project. Scores of academicians and students at APIH-member institutions participated in a pilot test in the Spring of 2018.