Disease Detectives: An Exercise In Epidemiology

by  Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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This just in...nearly half of the students at 'East Coliville High School' are sick with similar symptoms. As part of our virtual health department epidemiology team, you will work together to eliminate false leads and piece together clues to determine the cause of this outbreak. It is up to your team to interpret data, identify the pathogen, locate its source and stop its spread before this illness claims more victims.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $250.00
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Point to Point: $200.00
Point to Point Premium: $200.00
By Request: $200.00
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1 hour, grades 7-12

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons any interested party

Minimum participants:

No minimum required.

Maximum participants:

We suggest 30 or less for maximum participation.

Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will reschedule at no additional cost for programs canceled due to technical difficulties, unforeseeable acts of nature, or rescheduled prior to two weeks within scheduled program date. We will add a 10% processing fee for rescheduling within two weeks of scheduled date. Cancellations made prior to two weeks of scheduled program receive 50% refund. No refund for cancellations within 48 hours.

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

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Program Details


1. The scenario of "East Coliville High School" is introduced with a short video. Students are told to watch carefully for clues as to what is causing the outbreak.
2. Students use worksheets to determine the incubation period of the mystery illness, to calculate the relative risk factor of different foods, and to compare various reported symptoms from the "school nurse".
3. Throughout the investigation, human digestive anatomy is discussed, along with a host of pathogens that are associated with food poisoning.
4. Hopefully, students successfully identify the agent involved in this scenario.


Students will:
•Identify the differences between an outbreak, epidemic, or pandemic illness.
•Analyze how environmental factors can affect food quality and personal health.
•Describe the importance of accurate research and communication within public health surveillance.
•Identify valid sources of information relating to a health crisis.
•Utilize epidemiological methods and tools to identify potential pathogens.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Standard 1-
Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
Grades 6-8
1.8.1-Analyze the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
1.8.3-Analyze how the environment affects personal health.
1.8.8-Examine the likelihood of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
Grade 9-12
1.12.3-Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.
1.12.5-Propose ways to reduce or prevent injuries and health problems.
1.12.8-Analyze personal susceptibility to injury, illness, or death if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
Standard 2-Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
Grade 2
2.8.10-Explain how school and public health policies can influence health promotion and disease prevention.
Grades 9-12
2.12.10-Analyze how public health policies and government regulations can influence health promotion and disease prevention.
Standard 3-Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
Grades 6-8
3.8.4Describe situations that may require professional health services.
Grades 9-12
3.12.4-Determine when professional health services may be required.
Standard 5-Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
Grades 6-8
5.8.3-Distinguish when individual or collaborative decision making is appropriate.

State Standards

Please reference the National Health Educational Standards above.