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MPH 6797 Advanced Research Methods

MPH 6006 Research Methods in Public Health

Investigate an epidemic responsibly.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

Epidemiology is defined as the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations — essentially, it’s the cornerstone of health. In applying this study, you will learn to conclude whether or not the threat of a health epidemic is real, and if so, how you can minimize the outbreak. Your final deductions have the power to shape policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and measures for preventative healthcare. It’s critical that investigations into health or injury crisis strictly adhere to the advanced research methods learned in MPH 6097.

You will hone these investigative methodologies throughout this course with weekly readings, assignments and case studies that are cemented with in-depth discussions with your cohort. As you complete your course, you will develop a professional-level conference abstract and poster presentation, as well as an optional manuscript prepared for journal submission.

What You’ll Learn

MPH 6097 will focus on the 8-step processes involved in epidemiologic investigations while gaining a better understanding of the resources used in an investigation such as public health laboratories, the incident-command system, and geographic information systems.

This course also provides a comprehensive review of the basic components of an outbreak investigation, an introduction to public health surveillance, and an overview of the four specific types of investigations in which a field epidemiologist might become involved.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • Introduction, Surveillance, and Fundamentals of Outbreak Investigations
  • Outbreak Investigations
  • Questionnaire Development
  • Data Collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Reporting the Findings
  • Specific Applications
  • EpiInfo Field Techniques

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of MPH 6097, you will be able to:

  • Apply basic informatics techniques with public health records and primary or secondary data
  • Apply methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a research question
  • Calculate basic epidemiology measures
  • Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences
  • Use informatics and communication methods to advocate for community public health programs and policies

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To learn more about the online Master of Public Health curriculum from Benedictine University, including Advanced Research Methods, call (866) 295-3104 to speak with a program manager or request more information.