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Causes and Trends in Morbidity and Mortality

1st term
0.5 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Mon 09/27/2021 - Sun 10/24/2021
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Facilitator

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Annual estimates of the major causes of morbidity and mortality at global, national (U.S.), and local (in Baltimore City) levels inform the allocation of public health resources for improving not only the quantity of resources, but also the quality of life. Have you ever wondered how global, national, and local public health organizations assemble the top causes of mortality? Do you know how morbidity is measured? Are you curious about how population characteristics influence the trends in morbidity and mortality? Join us to build foundational knowledge of the major causes and trends in morbidity and mortality at the global, national, and local level.

Provides a broad understanding of the top causes of morbidity and mortality globally, in the U.S., and in Baltimore City, as well as the trends in these estimates. Introduces measurement of morbidity and mortality, and threats to the quality of measurements. Addresses the role of population characteristics (age, sex, region, race/ethnicity) in estimates and trends. Discusses case studies of major causes and trends in morbidity and mortality in defined populations.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the trends and major causes of morbidity and mortality in the world, U.S., and Baltimore
  2. Articulate the concepts that guide the methodology for measuring morbidity and mortality
  3. Explain the role of population characteristics in differentiating major causes of morbidity and mortality
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Interim
  • 40% Final

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

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