Distance Learning
EPID 6030

EPID 6030 - Epidemiological Methods I, 3 credits

This course enables students to interpret epidemiologic data and understand the approaches used in the epidemiologic investigation of occupational diseases. Attention is given to the application of epidemiologic methods to the evaluation of health, industrial hygiene and safety data. This course provides students a general introduction to epidemiologic theory, methods and practice.  And enables students to interpret epidemiologic data and understand and apply epidemiologic approaches to the investigation of infectious and non-infectious diseases and other health outcomes.  The student will acquire the basic tools needed to understand and address threats to global health at the population level.

Course Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of causality
  2. Calculate and interpret attributable risk
  3. Calculate and interpret rates, ratios and proportions
  4. Calculate and interpret standardized rates
  5. Describe and evaluate screening and surveillance programs (including sensitivity, specificity and predictive values)
  6. Describe and compare basic study designs (e.g. cross-sectional, longitudinal, case-control, experimental)
  7. Calculate and interpret unadjusted and adjusted odds ratios and relative risks
  8. Explain the concept of confidence intervals
  9. Describe the concept of bias
  10. Describe the concept of confounding
  11. Explain the concepts of reliability and validity
  12. Critique peer reviewed epidemiologic studies
  13. Describe the principles of research ethics

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