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Disaster Epidemiology

Role of the Public Health Division

The Oregon Public Health Division provides technical support and epidemiology courses to local health jurisdictions for surveillance and investigation of infectious diseases, radiation, water quality, injury, chronic illness and lead poisoning. This includes systematic collection, analysis, interpretation and management of public health-related data to provide local, state, and national situational awareness. Suspected poisoning, occupational illness and injury reports filed with the state workers' compensation agency are also tracked.

The Public Health Division works to ensure Oregonians have the information and tools they need to protect themselves from, respond effectively to, and recover successfully following a public health emergency.

Oregon Public Health Preparedness Epidemiologists are committed to:

  • Building our surveillance and epidemiology capacity to meet the needs of  routine public health investigations, and 
  • Strengthening our ability to detect intentional and unintentional  public health threats as they emerge.

Read more about the Preparedness Surveillance and Epidemiology Team (PSET).


ESSENCE logoOregon's Syndromic Surveillance Project: Oregon ESSENCE - Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-Based Epidemics, provides real-time data for public health and hospitals to monitor what is happening in emergency departments across the state before, during and after a public health emergency.

Information for Health Care Providers

Treatment guidelines for biological, chemical, and radiological incidents.

Bioterrorism Agents

A biological attack, or bioterrorism, is the intentional release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs that can sicken or kill people, livestock, or crops.