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Professional Epidemiologic Methods: Epidemiologic Intelligence and Population Health

June 12 - June 30, 2023
Online Course
2 credits
Course Number: 340.765.89

Course Instructor:

  • Kevin Fain


Epidemiologic intelligence, based on valid and reliable data, is essential to assess, measure, and describe the health and wellbeing of different populations, as well as their health risks, health needs, and health outcomes. Critical analysis of health information for the purpose of describing population health, depends on thorough understanding of various routine and non-routine data sources, information systems, and tools.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify, critically evaluate and use public health information systems to develop epidemiological and population health profiles
  2. Identify the main epidemiological metrics and tools needed for measuring population health burden
  3. Locate and interpret the main sources of vital and health statistics
  4. Employ tools and measurements to evaluate the quality of public health information systems
  5. Explain and recognize how epidemiologic evidence is identified and assessed by public health agencies for population health

Methods of Assessment: Three Lab Assignments 75%, Short Essay 25%

Location: Baltimore

Enrollment Restriction: Students who have taken 340.763.01 or 340.873.18 may not register for this course

Prerequisite: Basic epidemiology and biostatistics. First time participants taking an online course from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health must complete the Introduction to Online Learning course. This is a free, non-credit mini course that must be completed before you can enroll in any online courses. Please register here.

Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail