PHC6001 – Principles of Epidemiology

This course is an introduction to epidemiology for students studying any aspect of the health sciences. The principles and methods of epidemiology investigation, both of infectious and non-infectious diseases are included. The purpose of this course is to explain the place of epidemiology in the general health thinking and to communicate some understanding of the basic principles of epidemiology. Examples of the use of the principles of epidemiology will be presented so that the student will have sufficient understanding to apply such principles in future health work. It is hoped that the course will allow the student to critically read and evaluate his/her public health work using epidemiological principles. This course is not intended to present the epidemiological aspects of the major diseases.


Course Objectives and/or Goals


1. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology
7. Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs
2. Calculate basic epidemiology measures
8. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time, and place
3. Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes
9. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic, and political discussion of health issues
4. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data
10. Identify basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of epidemiologic data
5. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports
11. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
6. Apply basic infectious and chronic disease methods and data

Introduction to Blended Learning

A Blended Learning class uses a mixture of technology and face-to-face instruction to help students maximize their learning. Blended learning typically involves multiple technologies such as E-Learning systems, online video, and web assignments for the communication of information. Knowledge content that would have traditionally been presented during a live class lecture is instead provided online before the live class takes place. This allows more of the face-to-face time to focus on the higher levels of learning. These rich interactions with the instructor can be used to help students think critically, obtain expertise, and practice clinical reasoning.


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