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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....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Course Introduction, History of Epidemiology and Epidemiology Research

This module introduces the history and field of epidemiology....
Reading
6 videos (Total 45 min), 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Introduction and History of Epidemiology6m
Pioneers of Epidemiology (History continued)10m
Examples of Research Areas Using Epidemiology5m
Definitions5m
Person, Place, Time and Population Perspective13m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz24m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Understanding Measures of Disease Frequency

This module introduces measures of disease frequency....
Reading
6 videos (Total 36 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Prevalent vs Incident Cases2m
Prevalence8m
Risks5m
Rates8m
Odds4m
Reading1 reading
Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz30m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Study Designs

This module introduces the following study designs: experimental, cohort, case control, cross-sectional, and ecologic....
Reading
7 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Experimental Study Design Part 25m
Experimental Study Design Part 33m
Cohort Study Design14m
Case Control Study Design 12m
Cross-Sectional Studies10m
Ecologic Studies9m
Reading1 reading
Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz40m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Measures of Association

This module introduces measures of association and confidence intervals....
Reading
5 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Odds Ratio6m
Interpreting Measures of Association3m
Confidence Intervals9m
Confidence Interval Example3m
Reading1 reading
Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz36m
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Top Reviews

By SBOct 30th 2017

One of the best classes I've taken. It was difficult for me. I had to take the quizzes many times usually to get an A. Worth the effort. I completed the class. I'm proud of the accomplishment.

By YLNov 22nd 2015

Great for beginners in Epidemiology! Not too intense, but covers topics from epidemiological studies, risks and ratios, calculation of CI and p-values. Very informative and easy to follow!

Instructors

Dr. Karin Yeatts

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

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

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