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Introduction to Epidemiology

3rd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Avonne Connor

Introduction to Online Learning:


Introduces principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation of diseases. Illustrates methods by which studies of the distribution and transmission of diseases in populations (including disease outbreaks and epidemics) can contribute to an understanding of etiologic factors and modes of transmission. Covers various study designs, including randomized trials, case-control and cohort studies, as well as risk estimation and causal inference. Discusses applications of epidemiology to solving public health problems, such as identifying sources and strategies for control of disease outbreaks, applying research findings to policy and practice, and program evaluation. Explores quantitative and analytic methods including life tables, disease surveillance, measures of morbidity and mortality, and measures of diagnostic test accuracy.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe and differentiate between various epidemiologic study designs
  2. Calculate and interpret various measures of morbidity and mortality
  3. Articulate the importance of epidemiology in outbreak investigation and disease surveillance
  4. Critically review and assess the validity of epidemiologic studies
  5. Explain the role of epidemiologic methods in investigating risk factors of diseases and other health states
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on six quizzes (6 points each, lowest score dropped= 30% total), a discussion question (10%), critique of discussion questions (10%), a mid-term exam (25%), and a final exam (25%).

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students enrolled in OPAL programs

Instructor Consent:

No consent required