Investigating Outbreaks of Psychogenic Illness


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Course Description

This course is provided by North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

This presentation by Dr. Tim Jones, Deputy State Epidemiologist, Tennessee Department of Health, and Director, FoodNet Program, gives the viewer an introduction to psychogenic illness.                                             

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Target Audience

This course is designed for all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness. These modules are created by faculty and guest lecturers at the UNC-CH School of Public Health and are equivalent to graduate level content.

Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. To define the primary characteristics of a mass psychogenic illness
  2. To understand the role that shared beliefs play in a psychogenic illness outbreak
  3. To characterize the appropriate public health response to a mass psychogenic illness
  4. To understand the implications of the threat of bioterrorism to mass psychogenic illness

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  1. 1B.10 (Tier 2): Make inferences from data
  2. 3B.6 (Tier 2): Apply communication strategies 
  3. 7B.3 (Tier 2): Develops partnerships
  4. 6B.4 (Tier 2): Applies the basic public health sciences 

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

  1. PHPR 1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
  2. PHPR 1.2 Manage behaviors associated with emotional responses 


Online/ Self-study

Credit /CEU

None available


45 mins.


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