Disease Investigation

There is no required level of education to perform disease investigation at a local health department; however, KDHE recommends the below minimum qualifications to perform disease investigation. In addition, persons with at least a bachelor’s degree in a health-related field or three years of experience in disease control, epidemiology, nursing, medical investigation, and/or public health may be better able to perform the duties of a disease investigator and could be considered as criteria to use by LHDs.

KDHE Recommended Minimum Qualifications:
 (1) Be at least 18 years of age;
 (2) possess a high school diploma or GED certificate;
 (3) complete disease training program (e.g. KS-Train courses and EpiTrax); and
 (4) complete HIPAA training program.

Disease investigators should review all of the resources (e.g., disease investigation guidelines, fact sheets, forms) and complete the trainings within all of the tabs listed below.

  1. Disease Investigation
  2. Disease Reporting
  3. Outbreak Investigation
  4. Training Modules
  5. Additional Resources