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Introduction to Epidemiology

3rd Term
MAS Office
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025

Introduction to Online Learning

Introduces principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation of diseases. Illustrates methods by which studies of the distribution and transmission of diseases in populations (including disease outbreaks and epidemics) can contribute to an understanding of etiologic factors and modes of transmission. Covers various study designs, including randomized trials, case-control and cohort studies, as well as risk estimation and causal inference. Discusses applications of epidemiology to solving public health problems, such as identifying sources and strategies for control of disease outbreaks, applying research findings to policy and practice, and program evaluation. Explores quantitative and analytic methods including life tables, disease surveillance, measures of morbidity and mortality, and measures of diagnostic test accuracy.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe and differentiate between various epidemiologic study designs
  2. Calculate and interpret various measures of morbidity and mortality
  3. Articulate the importance of epidemiology in outbreak investigation and disease surveillance
  4. Critically review and assess the validity of epidemiologic studies
  5. Explain the role of epidemiologic methods in investigating risk factors of diseases and other health states
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 30% Quizzes
  • 10% Assignments
  • 10% Peer-feedback
  • 25% Midterm
  • 25% Final Exam
Enrollment Restriction
Restricted to students enrolled in OPAL programs