Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health

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About this course: Often called “the cornerstone” of public health, epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of diseases, health conditions, or events among populations and the application of that study to control health problems. By applying the concepts learned in this course to current public health problems and issues, students will understand the practice of epidemiology as it relates to real life and makes for a better appreciation of public health programs and policies. This course explores public health issues like cardiovascular and infectious diseases – both locally and globally – through the lens of epidemiology.

Created by:  The University of Nort…

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About this course: Often called “the cornerstone” of public health, epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of diseases, health conditions, or events among populations and the application of that study to control health problems. By applying the concepts learned in this course to current public health problems and issues, students will understand the practice of epidemiology as it relates to real life and makes for a better appreciation of public health programs and policies. This course explores public health issues like cardiovascular and infectious diseases – both locally and globally – through the lens of epidemiology.

Created by:  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Taught by:  Dr. Karin Yeatts , Clinical Associate Professor

    Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Taught by:  Dr. Lorraine Alexander , Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Distance Learning (North Carolina Institute for Public Health)

    Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Commitment 5.5 hours of videos and quizzes Language English, Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified) How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.6 stars Average User Rating 4.6See what learners said Trabajo del curso

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WEEK 1


Course Introduction, History of Epidemiology and Epidemiology Research
This module introduces the history and field of epidemiology.


6 videos expand


  1. Video: Welcome
  2. Video: Introduction and History of Epidemiology
  3. Video: Pioneers of Epidemiology (History continued)
  4. Video: Examples of Research Areas Using Epidemiology
  5. Video: Definitions
  6. Video: Person, Place, Time and Population Perspective

Graded: Module 1 Quiz

WEEK 2


Understanding Measures of Disease Frequency
This module introduces measures of disease frequency.


6 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Introduction to Measures of Disease Frequency
  2. Video: Prevalent vs Incident Cases
  3. Leyendo: Additional Resources
  4. Video: Prevalence
  5. Video: Risks
  6. Video: Rates
  7. Video: Odds

Graded: Module 2 Quiz

WEEK 3


Study Designs
This module introduces the following study designs: experimental, cohort, case control, cross-sectional, and ecologic.


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  1. Video: Experimental Study Design Part 1
  2. Video: Experimental Study Design Part 2
  3. Video: Experimental Study Design Part 3
  4. Leyendo: Additional Resources
  5. Video: Cohort Study Design
  6. Video: Case Control Study Design
  7. Video: Cross-Sectional Studies
  8. Video: Ecologic Studies

Graded: Module 3 Quiz

WEEK 4


Measures of Association
This module introduces measures of association and confidence intervals.


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  1. Video: Measures of Association
  2. Video: Odds Ratio
  3. Video: Interpreting Measures of Association
  4. Leyendo: Additional Resources
  5. Video: Confidence Intervals
  6. Video: Confidence Interval Example

Graded: Module 4 Quiz

WEEK 5


Causality
This module introduces causality.


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  1. Video: Introduction to Causality
  2. Video: Bradford Hill Criteria
  3. Leyendo: Additional Resources

Graded: Module 5 Quiz

WEEK 6


Course Conclusion
This module concludes the course.


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  1. Video: Conclusion
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