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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete


In the first module, we will differentiate professional epidemiology from etiologic epidemiology. This difference is important as it will help you to understand that the breadth of epidemiology goes beyond the public health practice setting. We will also introduce the essential concepts of public health services, functions, and competencies. From this module, you should have a more clear understanding of the role of an epidemiologist in public health practice.

5 videos (Total 24 min), 3 quizzes
5 videos
Professional/Applied vs. Etiologic/Academic Epidemiology8m
Public Health Services, Functions & Competencies5m
The Role of Professional Epidemiology in Public Health Practice5m
3 practice exercises
Module 1 Personal Learning Goals2m
Module 1 Learning Objectives and Personal Learning Goals10m
1 hour to complete


In this module, we will introduce the problem solving methodology. This methodology is a powerful tool that can useful when identifying a public health problem, building the case that there truly is a problem, suggesting interventions, and suggestions ways to evaluate the interventions and disseminate the findings of the evaluation.

10 videos (Total 56 min), 3 quizzes
10 videos
Introduction to Methodology4m
Problem Definition Part 112m
Problem Definition Part 24m
Magnitude of the Problem3m
Conceptual Framework10m
Action Plan8m
Actions and Evaluations6m
3 practice exercises
Module 2 Personal Learning Goals2m
Module 2 Learning Objectives and Personal Learning Goals6m
2 hours to complete

Routine and Public Health Information Systems

In this module, we dive deeper into what lies at the heart of epidemiology: data! More specifically, we will look at routine and public health data systems.

9 videos (Total 55 min), 3 quizzes
9 videos
Data For Public Health Practice12m
Medical Record Systems3m
Administrative Record Systems3m
Assessing the Quality of Mortality Statistics in the Americas12m
Public Health information Systems: Population-based Surveys11m
Public Health Information Systems: Registries3m
Public Health Information Systems: Surveillance Systems1m
Common Problems of Routine and Public Health Information Systems4m
3 practice exercises
Module 3 Personal Learning Goals2m
Routine and Public Health Information Systems20m
Module 3 Learning Objectives and Personal Learning Goals10m
2 hours to complete

Measures of Disease Burden

In this module we will use data from routine and public health information systems to measure the burden of disease in the population. We will calculate crude mortality rates, and then apply direct and indirect age standardization methods.

8 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Measures of Disease Burden4m
Direct Age Adjustment14m
Indirect Age Adjustment8m
Years of Potential Life Lost5m
Life Expectancy4m
Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY)4m
Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALY)5m
1 reading
Direct Age Adjustment Exercise Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Module 4 Personal Learning Goals2m
Measures of Disease Burden20m
Module 4 Learning Objectives and Personal Learning Goals8m
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Top reviews from Epidemiology in Public Health Practice

By CJFeb 25th 2019

This was an excellent short course providing valuable resources and practice components to become more familiar with the calculations\n\nI would definitely recommend this course. Thank you

By MWSep 13th 2017

Great course! I learned a lot about epidemiology in public health practice. The examples and exercises were really helpful in understanding how to apply what you learn.



Keri Althoff

Associate Professor

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