Home About ATSDR Press Room A-Z Index Glossary Employment Training Contact Us CDC  
ATSDR/DHHS Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Department of Health and Human Services ATSDR en Español


Toxic Substances and Health
Section Contents
Who to Contact
Online Instructions
Credits Offered
Case Studies (CSEM)
CSEM Home Page
Online Registration
Specific Case Studies
Cholinesterase Inhibitors
Ethylene/Propylene Glycol
Disease Clusters
Exposure History
Pediatric Health
Stoddard Solvent
Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
Trichloroethylene (TCE)
ATSDR Resources
Case Studies (CSEM)
Exposure Pathways
Health Assessments
Health Statements
Interaction Profiles
Interactive Learning
Managing Incidents
Medical Guidelines
Minimal Risk Levels
Priority List
Toxicological Profiles
Toxicology Curriculum
External Resources
Medline Plus

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (CSEM) 

CSEM Continuing Education Program

Accredited Program

The ATSDR Continuing Education (CE) Program is available electronically. For more details regarding accreditation see "Description of Credits Offered." To receive credit, participants must submit online their responses to the evaluation form and posttest. The CE Program remains valid for 3 years after it is announced.

Who to Contact

Continuing Education Coordinator, CSEM Program
AddressFedEx Street Address
ATSDR, Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine
1600 Clifton Road, NE (MS F-32)
Atlanta, GA 30333
Tel. (770) 488-3490
Fax: (770) 488-4178
E-mail: atsdrdtemce@cdc.gov
ATSDR, Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine
4770 Buford Hwy, NE (Mail Stop F-32)
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
Tel. (770) 488-3490


You must submit your answers online before the stated expiration date to be eligible to receive continuing education credit. Please check each course for expiration dates.

Instructions for completing the CSEMs Online

The ATSDR Continuing Education Program for the Case Studies in Environmental Medicine is moving from the MMWR to the OWCD system. People registered previously with MMWR will have to register anew with OWCD to take newly released courses. Persons wishing to take older courses (CE CSEM credits expiring in 2008) will still need to use the MMWR system.

Two separate transcript records will exist as a result of the transition process. Those who have taken courses using the MMWR system should contact the Environmental Medicine Continuing Education Coordinator (atsdrdtemce@cdc.gov) to address issues such as lost/forgotten passwords and course certificates. Persons who register with the OWCD system to take the newly released courses (2007 and beyond) should contact OWCD Training and Continuing Education Online by:

  • E-mail at ce@cdc.gov
    Please do not send file attachments. All emails with file attachments will be automatically deleted.
  • Fax at 404-498-6045
  • Phone 1-800-41-TRAIN or 404-639-1292 during business hours, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET. After hours you may leave a voice message and we will return your call the next business day

OWCD Online Help


  1. Read the CSEM online; all answers are in the text.
  2. Link to the Continuing Education Site at http://www2.cdc.gov/atsdrce/.
  3. Once you accessed the online system, select the electronic file and/or register and test for a particular course.
    1. Under the heading "Register and Take Exam," click on the test type desired.
    2. If you have registered in this system before, please use the same login name and password. This will ensure an accurate transcript.

      Note: Users who registered and took examinations online at the PHTN/ATSDR Web site before October 31, 2002, will need to reregister and will not be able to view their complete transcripts until the old database is merged with this database.

    3. If you have not previously registered in this system, please provide the registration information requested. This allows accurate tracking for credit purposes. Please review the CDC Privacy Notice (www.cdc.gov/privacy.htm).
    4. Once you have logged in/registered, select the test and take the posttest.
  4. Answer the questions presented. To receive continuing education credit, you must answer all of the questions. Some questions have more than one answer. Questions with more than one answer will instruct you to "indicate all that are true."
  5. Complete the course evaluation and posttest.
  6. You will be able to immediately print your continuing education certificate from your personal transcript.

Description of Credits Offered

Continuing Medical Education (CME) for Physicians

CDC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CDC will designate the educational activity for a maximum of Category 1 credits toward the AMA physician’s Recognition Award. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) for Nurses

Contact hours are provided by CDC, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditations.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) for Other Professionals

CDC has been reviewed and approved as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 8405 Greensboro Drive, Suite 800, McLean, Va 22102. CDC awards CEU to participants who successfully complete the CSEM program.

Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES)

CDC is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. CHES Category 1 Contact Hour(s) in health education are provided upon successfully completion of the CSEM program. CDC provider number GA0082.

Revised 2008-04-30.