Epidemiology for Non-Epidemiologists Course

Date/Time: TBD
Location: Online
Price: APHA members, $300; Non-members, $399

Continuing Education: 10 CPH credits




Epidemiology is the scientific foundation of public health and a basic understanding is critical for addressing public health emergency preparedness, disease investigations and many other aspects of the field. The primary purpose of this two-day course is to provide instructions on epidemiological concepts, tools and methods through hands-on exercises, review of case studies, individual/group presentations, and pre- and post-evaluations.

Participants will be exposed to core components of epidemiology accompanied by examples of relevant local, regional, national or international data for familiarization and application of epidemiological principles. This training includes highly interactive sessions that allow participants to enhance their understanding of these concepts and their application to public health issues. Activities will also include insight into dilemmas faced by practitioners in addressing common community health issues. Through case studies participants will gain knowledge and insight to reliable and valid measures of prevention and wellness using a life course developmental perspective: from natality to senescence and mortality. Methodologies to determine evidence that impact behaviors, morbidity and mortality will also be highlighted.

By actively participating and completing this course, it is anticipated that there will be a measurable improvement in the participant’s ability to interpret and apply these newly learned skills in their professional practice.

Overview of topics covered:

  1. Measures of population behaviors, morbidity, mortality, screening, and evaluation
  2. Epidemiological study designs, measures and strength of association
  3. Measures of correlation and causation
  4. Epidemiological evidence
  5. Application and interpretation of epidemiological concepts and principles

Course objectives
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define terms commonly used in the field of epidemiology
  2. Describe indicators of morbidity, their computation, an application in public health
  3. Describe indicators of mortality, their computation, and application in public health
  4. Describe levels of prevention
  5. Evaluate screening vs. diagnosis
  6. Evaluate and apply measures of stability and precision using public health data
  7. Apply epidemiological concepts of morbidity, mortality and screening from analysis of case studies
  8. Present findings and evaluate epidemiological concepts of morbidity, mortality and screening

Intended Audience
Public health practitioners or other professionals with little to no training or experience in epidemiological concepts and application. Those seeking a refresher in basic epidemiology or others who would like to gain a greater understanding are encouraged to attend as well.

Course requirements
WiFi-enabled laptop (with MS-Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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