Discover the many facets of epidemiology, from cause to treatment to prevention.
Duration: 8 weeks
From the health data that you hear from your doctor, to the studies that explore risk factors for heart disease, to the news reports on Ebola and flu epidemics, epidemiology is all around us. Epidemiology is the study of the causes of disease and the people at risk. Its goal is to discover ways to prevent and treat illnesses.
Throughout MPH 604 Epidemiology, you'll study the history and fundamentals of this area of public health. Weekly topics will be brought to life through informative real-life case studies. By the end of the course, you will know how to detect an epidemic, the best type of study design for a rare disease, what makes a good screening test and many other relevant skills.
What You'll Learn in MPH 604
Epidemiology studies the causes (determinants) of disease and the people at risk for disease (distribution). In this course, you’ll learn the history and fundamental principles of epidemiology, and the main types of study designs. The ultimate goal of the discipline is to determine how disease can be prevented and treated.
The course also covers concepts and measures that distinguish epidemiology from other disciplines, including incidence, prevalence, morbidity and mortality rates in populations. You’ll learn the importance of screening and which screening techniques are the most effective, based on a variety of circumstances. You’ll also gain the ability to recognize the validity of data, potential biases and ethical issues.
Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:
- Foundations of Epidemiology
- Practical Disease Concepts in Epidemiology
- Validity, Reliability and Screening
- Descriptive Epidemiology & General Health and Population Indicators
- Descriptive Study Designs
- Prospective Studies in Epidemiology
- Effect Measures
- Data Interpretation Issues
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of MPH 604 Epidemiology, you will be able to:
- Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, persons, time and place.
- Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports, including sample selection, measurement and analysis.
- Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
- Calculate basic epidemiological parameters, including incidence, prevalence, risk and measures of association.
- Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
- Apply basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.