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340.763.01 Professional Epidemiology Methods I

3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  9:00 - 10:20am
Lab Times:
  • Friday,  8:30 - 10:20am (01)
  • Friday,  1:30 - 3:20pm (02)
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Keri Althoff
Course Instructors:

340.608 Observational Epid or 340.752 Epidemiologic Methods 2


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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct a health situation analysis for an identified health priority
  2. Identify and critically evaluate and use public health surveillance and other information systems to develop epidemiological and population health profiles
  3. Identify the main epidemiological metrics and tools needed for measuring population health burden
  4. Recognize the different components and types of epidemiological analyses and methods needed in public health surveillance, including “real and near real time” surveillance
  5. 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%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required