Preparedness, Public Health

An Overview of Infectious Diseases & Outbreak Investigations

Author Kimberly Hazel , 16-Nov-2022

An Overview of Infectious Diseases & Outbreak Investigations Lesson Plan by GIDEON is designed to deepen students’ understanding of infectious diseases, highlighting their history, identification, and the critical steps in outbreak investigations. This educational experience enables learners to differentiate emerging and reemerging diseases, showcasing the dynamic challenges infectious diseases present globally.


Key components of the lesson include interactive activities like the Common Types of Pathogens Chart, utilizing GIDEON’s database for a practical understanding of various pathogens, and constructing a disease timeline to trace the impact of historical outbreaks. It also covers the structured steps involved in outbreak investigations, emphasizing the importance of preparation, case definition, and the evaluation of hypotheses to implement effective control measures.


Through discussion prompts and an infectious disease crossword puzzle, the lesson plan encourages critical thinking about strategies to combat infectious diseases and the unique challenges faced by different regions. By the end of this lesson, students will gain insights into the identification of infectious diseases, the intricacies of outbreak investigations, and the significance of global vigilance in managing infectious disease threats.




About the Lesson Plan

This Lesson Features:

  • Lesson Outcomes & Overview
  • Initial Discussion
  • Common Types of Pathogens Activity
  • Explore Module Walkthrough
  • Brief History of Infectious Diseases
  • Make Your Own Disease Timeline Activity
  • Outbreak Investigations
  • Emerging & Reemerging Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Disease Crossword Puzzle Activity

Each activity also includes an educator’s guide providing step-by-step instructions and resources.

GIDEON Module Highlighted in the Lesson:

This lesson plan uses GIDEON’s Explore Module to provide information on infectious diseases and their outbreaks. This information includes the history of the disease, clinical information, and epidemiological data. This module provides a comprehensive overview of each disease, which is beneficial for teaching about disease spread and its effects.

Kimberly Hazel