Module 2: Epidemiology of Tuberculosis

These educational modules are designed to provide basic information about tuberculosis (TB) in a self-study format for new TB Disease Intervention Specialists. After completion of this module, the staff will be able to:

  • Describe how the number of TB cases reported in the United States has changed over the last 65 years.
  • List five factors that contributed to the increase in the number of TB cases between 1985 and 1992.
  • List three improvements TB programs were able to make with increased federal, state, and other funds and resources that have contributed to a decrease in TB cases since 1993. 
  • List the groups of people who are more likely to be exposed to or infected with M. tuberculosis.
  • List the groups of people who are more likely to develop TB disease once infected with M. tuberculosis.


  1. Please review the PowerPoint presentation “ The Epidemiology of Tuberculosis.” You can find the PowerPoint embedded on the course homepage (see below).
  2. Complete the quiz with a passing grade of 70% or higher.

Deadline: The course should be completed within the first 6 months of employment.