SWPI103: Assessment: Diagnose and Investigate

Course Description:

SWPI103: Assessment: Diagnose and Investigate is third in a nine-course learning series. 

This course covers Essential Service 2 - Diagnose and investigate environmental public health problems and health hazards in the community. This course will describe the relationship between epidemiology, laboratory and environment in diagnosing and investigating UDW-related diseases and other health concerns.

Target Audience

Public Health, First Responders, Emergency Response and Preparedness Professionals and Healthcare Practitioners

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the relationship between epidemiology, laboratory, and the environment when diagnosing and investigating UDW-related diseases and other health concerns
  • Identify surveillance programs related to UDWSs within the UDWS program or other programs in your jurisdiction
  • Recognize the appropriate steps for responding to diseases, potential emergencies and disasters, and emerging health threats (natural and manmade) for UDWSs
  • Identify laboratory services needed to investigate waterborne diseases or other health concerns related to UDWSs
  • Describe the technical capacity needed to conduct environmental investigations of UDWSs
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing SWPI103: Assessment: Diagnose and Investigate
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Mark Miller
Captain Mark D. Miller, MPH, RS, USPHS (Retired)

Captain Mark D. Miller, MPH, RS, USPHS (Retired) received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma in 1984 and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1993. He began his career in 1985 in wastewater treatment for Oklahoma City. In 1988, he accepted a commission with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and served 26 years until his retirement in 2014. He currently serves as a private consultant, concentrating on environmental health training and development.

During his USPHS career, Captain Miller was assigned to various positions throughout the nation with the Indian Health Service, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Captain Miller served as a Senior Environmental Health Scientist for the Environmental Health Services Branch of the CDC National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta, Georgia. His duties included assistance and consultation to local, state, and tribal professionals and national organizations on issues related to environmental health, terrorism, and emergency response. He responded to numerous outbreaks of environmental-related disease, public health crises and natural disasters. He served as technical advisor for several national committees on issues related to environmental health, terrorism and emergency preparedness. He is the original founder and developer of CDC’s highly successful Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) program and developed EHSB’s informational website on terrorism and emergency preparedness specifically for environmental health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing SWPI103: Assessment: Diagnose and Investigate


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Required Hardware/software

System Settings 
This course is designed to work most effectively if your computer and internet connection meet certain minimal requirements. This course can be accessed using a Windows 10 PC or a Mac with High Sierra1, Mojave, or Catalina. Pop-up blockers should be disabled when viewing the course. Internet Explorer 11 (for Windows 10), or the current version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari (for Windows 10 and or Mac) is required. Many of our courses require Java and JavaScript enabled. 

Links to External Websites   
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Adobe Acrobat Reader (for desktops and laptops)  
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Internet Connection Speed 
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