Conserve Outbreak Investigation

Case Study

The case study presents a scenario in which food has been implicated as a vehicle for an illness outbreak of microbiological origin. Students assume various roles to investigate and solve the outbreak and to evaluate approaches to prevent recurrence. The case study can be used in written format that could be completed individually or in groups as a class or homework assignment. Interactive and hands-on elements are also available such that the investigation involves manipulatives, puzzles, and game features for the same educational content as presented in the written version. Students can be assigned to groups to address one phase of the investigation and then share findings with the class; a presentation on the case study is provided to support student discourse.