Principles of Epidemiology
Objectives
This course will concentrate on the use of epidemiology to understand, prevent, and control infectious diseases.
Module I – Introduction to Epidemiology
Module II – The Infectious Disease Process
Module III – Public Health Surveillance
Module IV – Statistical Measures
Module V – Displaying and Interpreting Epidemiologic Variables
Module VI – Interviewing 101
Module VII – An Outbreak Case Study
Module VIII – Preparing An Outbreak Investigation Report
Module I – Introduction to Epidemiology (top)
Objectives: Students who complete this module will be able to
 Define key epidemiologic terms
 Describe at least five factors that significantly influence the incidence and distribution of a disease in a human population
 Describe the modern approach to epidemiology
Module II – The Infectious Disease Process (top)
Objectives: Students who complete this module will be able to
 Describe the six major components of the infectious disease process
 Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of the infectious disease spectrum
Module III – Public Health Surveillance (top)
Objectives: Students who complete this module will be able to
 Define public health surveillance and describe its components
 Demonstrate understanding of the purposes of surveillance and how it relates to public health action
 Describe the two basic forms of surveillance and the most common sources of surveillance information
 Demonstrate knowledge of how to evaluate and improve surveillance systems
Module IV – Statistical Measures(top)
Objectives: Students who complete this module will be able to
 Define the most common statistical frequency measures used in infectious disease epidemiology
 Construct a frequency distribution
 Calculate and interpret the following statistical measures:
Ratios
Proportions
Incidence rates, including attack and secondary attack rates
Prevalence
Mortality rates
 Choose and apply the appropriate statistical measures
Module V – Displaying and Interpreting Epidemiologic
Variables (top)
Objectives: Students who complete this module will be able to
 Define the three categories of epidemiologic variables
 Identify the three main methods used to organize epidemiologic data
 Correctly interpret graphic presentations of epidemiologic data
 Choose appropriate display methods and formats for specific kinds of epidemiologic data
Module VI – Interviewing 101 (top)
Objectives: Students who complete this module will be able to
 Define the purpose and goals of epidemiologic interviewing
 Describe methods used to assure confidentiality
 Identify the three components of effective communication
 Describe several techniques for maintaining objectivity and eliciting accurate information
Module VII– An Outbreak Case Study (top)
Objectives: Students who complete this module will be able to
 Apply the information learned in previous modules to perform an outbreak investigation
 Identify the steps in disease outbreak investigation
 Identify the data needed for the investigation and how to collect it
 Correctly analyze the information given in the case study and draw appropriate conclusions
 Identify effective measures to control the outbreak and prevent recurrences
Module VIII– Preparing An Outbreak Investigation Report(top)
Objectives: Students who complete this module will be able to
 Identify the purposes of an epidemiologic report
 Define the elements of an epidemiologic report
 Prepare a complete and properly sequenced report
 Describe the appropriate distribution of an epidemiologic report
