Public Health and Epidemiology

Course Overview

Learn the basics of public health and epidemiology, from common terminology, concepts, and approaches, to epidemiological methods and policy implications. Students will engage in active and collaborative learning through individual projects, case studies, group discussions, and/or individual presentations.

Prior knowledge of introductory college-level statistics is recommended for students who wish to take part in this course.

June 15, 2020

10 weeks, live online instructions

$1,190 / course, reduced from $1,580


Date & Time

June 15 to August 21 (10 weeks)
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

Course Design

This 10-week course will be delivered online due to COVID-19. The instructors will present two live lectures each week, and will be accessible online during specified times. Students should be prepared to spend several hours per week outside of lecture time to learn the materials and complete the assignments. A final exam or project is included in the course. Students must use their own computers to complete all course requirements.

Content Overview

  • Week 1:

    Course introduction and overview
    Concepts of epidemiology within the paradigm of public health
    Dynamics of disease transmission

  • Week 2:

    Fundamentals of epidemiology: disease surveillance and measures of morbidity and mortality

  • Week 3:

    Assessing the validity and reliability of diagnostic and screening tests

  • Week 4:

    The natural history of disease: ways to express a prognosis
    Assessing preventive and therapeutic measures: random trials
    Exam I

  • Week 5:

    Using epidemiology to identify the causes of disease: cohort study, case control study, causal inferences

  • Week 6:

    Applying epidemiology to evaluation and policy

  • Week 7:

    Infectious diseases and outbreak investigations: COVID-19 and global pandemic

  • Week 8:

    Exam II
    Cancer epidemiology

  • Week 9:

    Diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease epidemiology

  • Week 10:

    Biostatistics in epidemiology and public health
    Review for Final Exam

  • Week 11:
    Final exam

A Proof of Completion will be provided upon completing all course requirements. 

Instructor reserves the right to make adjustments to the course content and will make every effort to inform the students of the changes in a timely manner.

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