Disease Detectives: An Introduction to Epidemiology - Course is full

Department: Public Health

Instructor: Anita Dev
Instructor Email: dev3ani@yahoo.com
Prerequisites: None

Course Description

What is epidemiology? Why does it matter? This course provides students with an exciting introduction to epidemiology. The course begins with a review of the history of epidemiology and key concepts in population health. Then, students will learn how to conduct epidemiologic research (identify health problems, develop hypotheses, design studies, analyze data, draw conclusions and present findings). Lastly, students explore real life applications of epidemiology and the diverse set of career paths that are available to epidemiologists. The course will engage students in collaborative learning through group discussion, case studies, in-class activities, and a team project.

Course Goals / Learning Objectives

  • Origins of Epidemiology
    • Key epidemiologists
    • Major milestones
    • Epidemics, public health campaigns
  • Foundations/concepts
    • Natural History of Disease
    • Dynamics of Disease transmission, epidemiologic triad
    • Prevention
  • Scientific Method
    • Population Health - Identifying populations of interest
    • Study Design
    • Measures in Epidemiology
    • Analyzing Data and Drawing Conclusions
    • Visualization and Communication of Results
  • Applications
    • Careers in epidemiology

Course Goals and Expectations

By the end of the course, students will be able to define epidemiology and describe its applications. Further, students will be able to describe public health problems, apply epidemiologic methods, draw inferences from epidemiologic data and communicate information to lay and professional audiences.


*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students.


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