Introduction to Epidemiology

Course Number: 
EPI 511
Course Type: 
Currently Offered: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 1030-1220
Instructor (non-MCB Faculty): 
Kukull, Walter
Course Description: 

Epidemiologic methods for non-epidemiology majors. Focuses on research designs and methods to describe disease occurrence and risk factor associations; uses quantitative and biomedical information to infer whether causal relationships exist between potential causes and disease in populations.

Learning Objectives: 
The overall objectives of the course are:
  1. To introduce students to basic epidemiologic concepts and methods
  2. To demonstrate the epidemiologic approach towards addressing problems in health sciences and health care, and the role of epidemiology in disease prevention and health promotion.
  3. To provide students with opportunities to apply epidemiologic methods to specific clinical problems through exercises and class activities.
  4. To develop student expertise in the application of epidemiologic knowledge for critical analysis of professional and "mass media" literature regarding public health issues.
  5. To increase student awareness of the role of epidemiology in identifying and addressing disparities in health and health services relative to racial, cultural and socio-economic population differences.
Course requirements, examinations and grading: 
Student evaluation and grading
  • Homework Exercises
  • Graded Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Final Examination
  • Final Review Assignment

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Areas of Interest: 
Microbiology, Infection & Immunity
Elective Area: 
Microbiology, Infection & Immunity