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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Keri Althoff
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

Provides a methodological framework for addressing public health scenarios utilizing three essential functions - health situation analysis, public health surveillance and health promotion. Through the application of core concepts and methods covered previously, students develop competencies for public health practice at local, state, national and international health departments and organizations using real epidemiological and public health data. Emphasizes the use of public health information systems for measuring population health burdens, developing epidemiological profiles, conducting health situation analyses, and communicating results to decision-makers. Covers: epidemiological methods for public health surveillance, including novel measurement approaches for “real and near real time” surveillance, syndromic surveillance and surveillance of public health events.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Conduct a health situation analysis for an identified health priority
Identify and critically evaluate and use public health surveillance and other information systems to develop epidemiological and population health profiles
Identify the main epidemiological metrics and tools needed for measuring population health burden
Recognize the different components and types of epidemiological analyses and methods needed in public health surveillance, including “real and near real time” surveillance
Identify some of the key aspects in communicating public health results to decision-makers for effective public health promotion

Methods of Assessment: Participation in class debates and lab (20%), Lab assignments (30%), mid term examination (25%) final project (25%).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 9:00 - 10:20
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 10:20
Lab Times:
  • Friday 8:30 - 10:20
  • Friday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 200
Instructor Consent: No consent required

340.608 Observational Epid or 340.752 Epidemiologic Methods 2

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail