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Professional Epidemiology Methods

June 10 - July 12, 2024
Online Course
4 Credits
Course Number: 340.769.89


Course Instructors:



Trains future leaders using advanced epidemiological methods applied in modern public health practice, and provides students with the key epidemiological competencies for mid-level and senior-level epidemiologists. Covers examples of health priority assessments, health needs assessments, epidemiological stratification of public health problems, measuring health inequalities and evaluation of effectiveness of public health programs using real public health scenarios and available health information datasets. Covers selected methods for translating epidemiologic data for decision-making. Addresses the role of available epidemiological evidence and translational research for public health programs.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize the framework of essential public health functions and services for developing prospective epidemiological scenarios
  2. Describe and apply the main epidemiological risk measures (RR, PAR) in developing epidemiological profiles of critical populations and areas at local and national levels
  3. Review and use decision analysis methods for informing evidence-based decision-making using epidemiological data
  4. Identify and apply epidemiological metrics and tools for health priority selection, health needs assessments and measuring health inequalities
  5. Identify and critically evaluate and use epidemiologic measures of effectiveness in public health program evaluation
  6. Identify key methodological considerations when using epidemiological evidence and knowledge as translational research in public health programs

Methods of Assessment: 

  • 5% Participation
  • 60% Lab Assignments
  • 35% Final Exam

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. 340.751 and 340.752, or 340.601 and 340.722, or 340.721 and 340.722 (2 graduate level courses in epidemiology)