Courses Details

PUBHLTH512: Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students; Fall term only for online students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Karvonen-Gutierrez, Carrie Pearce, C. Leigh
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH and SPH MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • Advisory Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501 or equivalent course
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • This course is Both Residential and Online
  • Description: This course provides a foundation to the principles of epidemiology for applications to public health. This introductory epidemiology course is for students who are NOT pursuing an Epidemiology MPH. The course will overview the fundamental concepts of epidemiology including measures of frequency and association, study design, data collection and interpretation. This course will have a hybrid style (online & in-class) of instruction.
  • Course Goals: At the completion of this course, students should be able to: ? List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program ? Identify and use key sources of publically available data for epidemiologic purposes ? Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population's health ? Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc. ? Explain the role of quantitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population's health ? Participate in the design and implementation of a data collection exercise ? Describe strategies to reduce bias using epidemiologic methods or analytic tools ? Consider basic ethical and scientific principles pertaining to the collection and management of epidemiologic data ? Communicate findings in an appropriate scientific format for public health research, policy or practice ? Read and understand the findings from a peer-reviewed epidemiologic study, and be able to describe the strength and limitations of the study design, execution, and analysis ? Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues and be able to communicate epidemiologic information in a written and oral context.
  • Learning Objectives: At the completion of this course, students should be able to: ? List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program ? Identify and use key sources of publically available data for epidemiologic purposes ? Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population's health ? Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc. ? Explain the role of quantitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population's health ? Participate in the design and implementation of a data collection exercise ? Describe strategies to reduce bias using epidemiologic methods or analytic tools ? Consider basic ethical and scientific principles pertaining to the collection and management of epidemiologic data ? Communicate findings in an appropriate scientific format for public health research, policy or practice ? Read and understand the findings from a peer-reviewed epidemiologic study, and be able to describe the strength and limitations of the study design, execution, and analysis ? Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues and be able to communicate epidemiologic information in a written and oral context.
  • This course required for the school-wide core curriculum
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH512