Fundamentals of TB Contact Investigation - Virtual Training

Date: October 13, 20, 27, and November 3
10:00 – 11:30 am Pacific
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Mountain
12:00 – 1:30 on Central
1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern

This training will introduce learners to the fundamental concepts of TB contact investigations. Topics will include transmission and pathogenesis, deciding when to initiate an investigation, determining the start and end of the infectious period, prioritizing contacts, communication skills, and cultural and diversity considerations.

This training will not address interviewing skills or techniques.


This training is intended for public health nurses and other public health staff who conduct or manage TB contact investigations.

Problems conducting contact investigations can result in ongoing transmission and TB outbreaks. Delayed detection of TB cases and failure to identify contacts can lead to additional cases of TB. Therefore, ongoing training and education are important for public health professionals to enhance skills in conducting TB contact investigation.

This hybrid course will include live virtual sessions and self-paced homework. Participants will be enrolled in Canvas which is an online learning management system. Participants are expected to join all live sessions by video and actively participate in the discussion. 


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able:

  • Identify components of the systematic approach for conducting TB contact investigations.
  • Assess which contacts are at highest risk for TB infection and TB disease and assign priorities.
  • Explain the criteria for determining the beginning and end of the infectious period.
  • Apply current standards for ensuring the evaluation of contacts for TB infection and disease.

In order to be accepted into this course, participants must be able to complete all the course requirements (attend all 4 live sessions, completed required homework assignments, and submit an evaluation) and adhere to the time commitment. Claiming continuing education credits is contingent on meeting all the requirements.

Technology: Participants will be expected to have access to a webcam or mobile device (e.g., tablet, smartphone), to turn on their video during the live sessions. A stable internet connection with access to external websites (not blocked by firewalls) is required.

Canvas: All participants will be expected to access the course content through the learning management system Canvas. After being accepted into the course, participants will receive further details on how to access the learning management system. Please note, participants may need to use a desktop computer or laptop to access Canvas rather than a tablet, iPad, or other mobile device.

CONTINUING EDUCATION INFORMATION support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Science, the Curry International TB Center, the Heartland National TB Center, and the Southeastern National TB Center. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CNE: This activity is awarded 9.6 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

The training is at capacity. We are no longer accepting any new applicants.
Notification of acceptance and additional course information will be sent via email.

Funding for this course was made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.


Carlota Arriozola
Public Health Investigator Supervisor
Houston Health Department

Tracina Cropper
TB Program Consultant
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lori Eitelbach, BSN, RN
TB Program Manager/Nurse Case Manager
Williamson County and Cities Health District

Derrick Felix
TB Program Consultant
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Maria Lasley, RN, BSN, MA, MBA
Nurse Consultant/Education & Training Specialist
Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center

Ann Raftery, RN, PHN, MS
Associate Medical Director & Nurse Consultant
Curry International Tuberculosis Center

Renee Simmon-Wilkins
TB Education Consultant
Curry International Tuberculosis Center

Dawn Tuckey, MPH
TB Program Consultant
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Christopher Vinnard
Physician Specialist
Global Tuberculosis Institute

Patty Woods, MSN, RN  
Public Health Nurse Consultant
TB Program, New Jersey Department of Health

Mark Wolman, MPH
Program Manager, TB Control
Global Tuberculosis Institute

Jose J. Zabala, MHSA
Field Operations Manager
Bureau of Communicable Diseases, TB Control Section
Florida Department of Health





Anita Khilall, MPH - Activity Director
Program Director, Education and Training
Global Tuberculosis Institute

Donna Setzer
Director of eLearning and Online Technology
Southeastern National TB Center

Elisha Couchman, MA
Director of Education
Curry International TB Center

Ann Raftery, RN, PHN, MS
Associate Medical Director, Nurse Consultant
Curry International TB Center

Delphina Sanchez, MA
Director of Education
Heartland National TB Center