Principles of Epidemiology
Theories of Disease Causation
Students will describe the theories of disease causation and apply these models to a variety of health conditions.
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.
Measures of Disease Frequency
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
Students will use measures of disease frequency to describe the pattern and distribution of disease.
Measures of Association
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.
Threats to Study Validity
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.