Epidemiology for Risk Analysis

Epidemiology for Risk Analysis

NOTE: Length of course days is based on in-person training. Remote training via Zoom courses will be held over multiple days with each day being less than a full-day.

Course Description

The Epidemiology for Risk Analysis course provides an introduction to epidemiologic concepts, approaches, and methods. Specifically, the course will focus on epidemiology as it relates to risk assessment, foodborne outbreaks, and food safety research. The course will combine lectures with case studies and practical exercises.


This two-day course provides a general overview of epidemiologic principles, methods, and approaches as they relate to food safety and risk assessment. There will be case studies focused on foodborne outbreak investigation and epidemiologic study design needed for food safety research hypotheses. The target audience is food safety professionals wanting to understand the different roles and synergies of epidemiology and risk assessment in regulatory decision making.

Prerequisite:While not required, it is recommended that this course be taken after you have completed our Introduction to Risk Analysis and the Regulatory Process and the Risk Management course. Those two provides contextual information about risk analysis that is not repeated here.

Overview of Topics

Introduction to Epidemiology, Patterns and Measures of Disease, Measurements in Epidemiology (Measures of Association and Impact) and Bias in Observational Studies

Learning Objectives

  • Dealing with Foodborne Outbreak investigation
  • Understanding patterns and measures of disease
  • Facilitated group discussions
  • Discussion of Topics and Setting the Scene for Breakout Groups
  • Understanding Measurements in Epidemiology
  • Study designs to provide data for risk assessment
  • Associations for continuous outcomes
  • Discussion of bias in observational studies
  • Singles studies versus synthesis in RA
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