Janet G. Baseman
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.
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.
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.