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The PPS Department is part of a Tri-Service group that hosts training sessions for MTF and shipboard public health staff, including users of the Disease Reporting System internet (DRSi). Presenters highlight disease surveillance information, requirements, activities, and best practices in a variety of topics including disease reporting, water surveillance, disease vector surveillance and infectious disease control. We have been working with our Tri-Service Partners to re-vamp the DRSi Surveillance Training Webinars for FY 2022. The new format includes three quarterly webinars that will be held the last Tuesday of March, June, and September. The webinars will be recorded and posted to the Archived Training Directory, found below. Participants from all services are eligible to register for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits offered by the U.S. Army Public Health Center; Nurses may use the CME certificate as documentation for nursing CEs.

PPS also hosts other training sessions, on an ad hoc basis, to support Navy and Marine Corps specific disease surveillance topics such as lead in priority areas. See the Registration section below to keep informed of all of these sessions.

All trainings are recorded. Links and associated slides are posted below under "Archived Trainings Directory" for those unable to attend during the scheduled live sessions.

Participate in Future DRSi Surveillance Trainings

Registration: Contact the DRSi helpdesk at or 757-953-0737 to add your name to our email list to be informed about upcoming trainings. To complete the registration process and successfully obtain Continuing Education hours for attending the DRSi Surveillance training sessions, see instructions below in the ‘Obtaining Continuing Education Hours’ section.

Trainings: To view the live trainings, click on the Microsoft Teams meeting link sent in the training announcement. Following the event, the recorded session of the training, in addition to the slides, will be posted to the Archived Training Directory.

Audio: Audio is available through the dial-in number that will be sent in each training announcement. In addition, audio is available through Microsoft Teams. The recorded Microsoft Teams session of the training, in addition to the slides, will be posted to the Archived Training Directory following the event.

Q&A: The presenter will capture questions through the Microsoft Teams chat function. Additionally, participants may ask questions using their mic at the designated time during the training.

Obtain Continuing Education Hours

As part of the Tri-service Quarterly Training effort, the U.S. Army Public Health Center offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits; Nurses may use the CME certificate as documentation for nursing CEs. To be eligible to earn credits:

  1. Register for the Epi-Tech Surveillance Training on the Army CME website for the current year (you only need to register once per fiscal year). **Note: Registration for the FY22 series will open 1 Mar 2022.**
  2. Attend a live Microsoft Teams session.
  3. Enter your name, service, email, and command in the chat box of the live session.
  4. You will receive confirmation of attendance via email within 48 hours, and you can claim your cumulative credits at the conclusion of the training series (after 30 Sep, not after each training session).
  5. To claim your credit(s) for previous years, visit the Army CME website click on the CME User Accounts portal, and follow links to view credits earned/claim certificates.

Training Schedule and Learning Objectives for 2022

29 MAR: DRSi & Best Reporting Practices  Describe reporting requirements and processes. Identify RME report sources and strategies based on lessons learned. Understand how the data affects public health practice and policy.
28 JUN: 2021 Health of the Force Discuss the overall purpose and key findings from the 2021 Health of the Force (HOF) report                                             Describe the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical metrics from previous HOF reports                                                     Detail how installations can use data from the HOF to help inform decision makers                                                                                        
20 SEP: Influenza and the DoD Recognize influenza characteristics, define influenza subtypes and strains, explain antigenic changes, define the components of the influenza vaccine, and increase knowledge to improve influenza prevention and mitigation strategies. Discuss the impact of influenza on the DoD and describe the past, present, and future military connection to influenza which directly impacts force health protection and readiness. List influenza testing and reporting capabilities available in the military, recognize the importance of global influenza surveillance, and explain influenza surveillance at the local level, increasing awareness, participation, and collaboration for influenza surveillance between DoD public health partners.

Archived Training Directory

The Reporter   PDF »
Understanding RMEs: Lab Results (July 2021) | CAC Enabled   PDF »
DRSi Reporting Errors (January 2021) | CAC Enabled milTube » PDF »
Shortcuts to Reporting in DRSi, an Introduction to New DRSi (July 2020) milTube(part 1) »

milTube(part 2) »

RME Guide Updates/Influenza Season Update (January 2020) milTube » PPTX »
Managing Misreporting: Common Mistakes and Misreported RMEs (July 2018) milTube » PDF »
How is DRSi Data Used? (August 2018) milTube » PDF »
Improving Medical Event Reporting (February 2018)   PPTX »
Armed Forces RME Guidelines Changes (June 2017) milTube » PDF »
Disease Reporting Best Practices (April 2017) milTube » PDF »
Barriers to Reporting (April 2016)
milTube » PDF »
Navigating DRSi (October 2015) milTube » PDF »
RME Guidelines & Case Definitions: 2017 Updates (October 2017) milTube » PPTX »
Case Finding for Medical Event Reporting- (June 2018) milTube » PDF »
Case Finding for DRSi Reporting - (January 2017) milTube » PDF »
Best Practices for Case Finding – (April 2013)   PPTX »
ESSENCE v5 Demo (June 2020) milTube(part 1) »

milTube(part 2) »

Introduction to ESSENCE v5 (March 2019) milTube » PDF »
ESSENCE v5 demo (May 2018) milTube » PDF »
ESSENCE (October 2016) milTube » PDF »
ESSENCE Epi-Tech Training - (March 2014)   PDF »
GI Illnesses
GI Illnesses/Norovirus (April 2019) milTube » PDF »
Foodborne Illness from a Veterinary (July 2017) milTube » PPTX »
Salmonella Poona Investigation Lessons Learned (July 2016) milTube » PDF »
Norovirus Control – (November 2012) milTube »
Respiratory Illnesses
Influenza (September 2020) milTube » PDF »
Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarettes (October 2019) milTube » PPTX »
Influenza in the DoD (September 2019)   PDF »
Streptococcal Infection Prevention and Control (July 2019) milTube » PDF »
Influenza and the DoD (September 2018)   PDF »
Tuberculosis Contact Investigation Reports Module (August 2017) milTube » PPTX »
Tuberculosis Control and Investigation – (March 2017) milTube » PPT »
Tuberculosis Control Principles -- (August 2014) milTube » PDF »
Influenza (September 2017) milTube » PDF »
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Syphilis Reporting Guidance (May 2020) milTube » PPTX »
Prevention Services for the STI Patient (May 2019)


milTube » PDF »
Using the STI Module in DRSi (January 2015)   PDF »
HIV-STI Prevention: Sexual Partner Services – (October 2013)  


Vector-borne Illnesses
Emerging Tickborne Diseases (April 2021) milTube » PDF »
Measles: Current Situation and Public Health Response (June 2019) milTube » PDF »
Aedes Mosquito (May 2017) milTube » PPTX »
Zika Field Investigation (February 2017) milTube » PDF »
Chagas Disease (January 2016) milTube » PDF »
Malaria- (July 2015) milTube » PDF »
Chikungunya – (June 2015) milTube » PDF »
Chikungunya Surveillance: Using Vector Management Programs – (July 2014)   PDF »
Outbreak Investigation and Reporting
COVID-19: Reporting Probable and Confirmed Cases (April 2020) milTube(part 1) »

milTube(part 2) »

Contact Investigation Contact Tracing (COVID-19) (April 2020) milTube »  
Contact Investigation Contact Training (March 2020) | Military Only milTube »  
Coronavirus (February 2020)   milTube » PDF »
Outbreak Investigation (January 2018)   milTube » PDF »
Pneumonia Outbreak (August 2016)   milTube » PDF »
Outbreak Reporting – (June 2016) milTube » PDF »
West Africa Ebola: Tracking the Outbreak (October 2014)  milTube » PDF »
Outbreak Case Report: Pertussis – (February 2014)   PDF »
Surveillance of Substance Abuse and Dependence (Aug 2021) milTube » PDF »
MHS GENESIS –Best Practices in Preventive Medicine (June 2021) milTube » PDF »
Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division Health surveillance Explorer (HSE) May 2021   PDF »
Heat Illness Identification and Tracking (Aug 2020) milTube » PDF »
Risk Communication (Feburary 2021) milTube » PDF »
Health Surveillance Explorer (February 2019) milTube » PDF »
Child Blood Lead Program   PDF »
Heat Injury Surveillance and Reporting (April 2018) milTube » PDF »
Lab Tests- Education and Interpretation (March 2018) milTube » PPTX »
HIPAA & Medical-Legal Aspects of Public Health Practice (August 2015) milTube » PDF »
Risk Communication (April 2021) milTube » PDF »
Writing a local instruction/SOP for surveillance (January 2019) milTube » PDF »
COVID-19 Vaccine Program Update (March 2021) milTube » PDF »


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