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Janet G. Baseman
EPI 503
Seattle Campus

Applied Epidemiology in Public Health Practice

Introduces the principles, methods, and issues in public health practice-based epidemiology. Covers public health surveillance, outbreak and cluster investigation, community health assessment, screening, evaluation, and other select topics. Offered: jointly with HSERV 503; Sp.

Class description

This course is designed to introduce students to the practical and applied uses of epidemiology in public health practice settings across the U.S. Epidemiology is a key job role in public health jurisdictions at local, state and federal levels of government. Application of academic training in epidemiology to public health problems is a skill set that we will develop in this course.

Student learning goals

Understand the roles of epidemiologists working in public health practice

Design disease surveillance systems, apply algorithms and develop data collection strategies

Assist in conduct of cluster and outbreak investigations

Conduct community health assessments

Communicate epidemiologic information to various audiences

Evaluate public health programs

General method of instruction

The course combines lectures with case-based exercises, small group work and discussion questions to allow students to reason through real public health issues that might cross the desk of an Epidemiologist working in practice.

Recommended preparation

Prior training in basic epidemiology (EPI 511 or equivalent).

Class assignments and grading

3-4 homework assignments and a final project and presentation.

Performance on homework assignments; the final project and oral presentations; class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Janet G. Baseman
Date: 04/04/2013