HLTH 345

Principles of Epidemiology

Public Health College of Life Sciences

Course Description

Applying analytical tools to study acute and chronic disease to facilitate investigation and control of epidemics.

When Taught

Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Recommended

Stat 121

Title

Theories of Disease Causation

Learning Outcome

Students will describe the theories of disease causation and apply these models to a variety of health conditions.

Title

Study Designs

Learning Outcome

Students will describe the major epidemiology study designs, their strengths and weaknesses and demonstrate understanding of conditions under which each study design is preferred.  Students will apply this knowledge to a variety of health conditions.

Title

Measures of Disease Frequency

Learning Outcome

Students will define "measures of disease frequency" and identify common measures in epidemiology (incidence, prevalence & other health indicators).  Students will demonstrate when each measure is appropriate, identify the correct equation, calculate and interpret the results

Title

Disease Distribution

Learning Outcome

Students will use measures of disease frequency to describe the pattern and distribution of disease. 

Title

Measures of Association

Learning Outcome

Students will define "measures of association" and describe their purpose.  Students will identify the most common measures of association (relative & absolute) in epidemiology, explain when each measure is appropriate, identify their formulas, calculate and interpret the results of each measure. 

Title

Threats to Study Validity

Learning Outcome

Students will identify and define "Threats to Study Validity" (random error, bias, confounding, etc.).  Students will evaluate epidemiologic research (conceptually and using basic analysis) for possible threats to study validity. Students will describe and perform strategies for testing and controlling for threats to study validity.