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Principles of Epidemiology

Beijing, China
Summer Inst. term
5 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Wed 06/19/2019 - Sun 06/23/2019
Class Times:
  • W Th F Sa Su,  8:30am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Stephen Gange

This course is part of the fixed DrPH in Healthcare Management and Leadership curriculum.


Introduces principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation of infectious and noninfectious diseases. Illustrates methods by which studies of the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population can contribute to an understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis. Presents different types of study design, including randomized trials, case-control and cohort studies, risk estimation and causal inferences. Demonstrates the relationship between epidemiology and the development of policy. Laboratory problems provide experience in epidemiologic methods and inferences, illustrating a common-vehicle epidemic; the spread of infectious disease in school, home, and community; epidemiological aspects of a noninfectious disease; vaccination; the epidemiological approach to health services evaluation; rates of morbidity and mortality; sensitivity and specificity; and life table methods. No auditors permitted.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe basic epidemiologic methods and study design
  2. Critically review published epidemiologic papers and assess the validity of their design and their inferences
  3. Explain the role of epidemiologic methods in uncovering the etiology of disease and other health states in order to prevent disease and improve health
  4. Identify the place of epidemiology in outbreak investigation and surveillance
  5. Explain how epidemiologic methods are used in evaluating screening programs and health interventions, and in the development of health policy
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 33% Midterm
  • 67% Final Exam

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to those enrolled in the DrPH in Healthcare Management and Leadership program

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

This course will be given over 5 days in Beijing China. To satisfy the JHSPH credit hours requirement, the course will be structured as follows: 20 hours of pre-course readings and assignments; 40 hours of in-person lectures/labs and 5 hours of homework during the June 16-20 period; post-course take-home exam of approximately 30 hours and a post-course project of approximately 25 hours. Together, this will constitute 40 in-person contact hours and 80 hours of out-of-class activities