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Syllabus

Course Description

Fundamentals of Epidemiology I is the first half of a couse that introduces the basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to public health problems. Emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Topics include the dynamic behavior of disease; usage of rates, ratios and proportions; methods of direct and indirect adjustment, and clinical life table which measures and describes the extent of disease problems. Various epidemiologic study designs for investigating associations between risk factors and disease outcomes are also introduced, culminating with criteria for causal inferences. The application of these disciplines in the areas of health services, screening, genetics, and environment policy are presented. The influence of epidemiology and biostatistics on legal and ethical issues are also discussed.

Fundamentals of Epidemiology II will be available on OCW in January 2009.

Course Objectives

After completion of Fundamentals of Epidemiology I and II, students will be able to apply principles of epidemiology and biostatistics to the prevention of disease and the improvement of health.

In order to achieve the course objectives, the student will:

After completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

Readings

This course has two required textbooks:

  1. Gordis, L. (2004). Epidemiology. Third edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders. (The second edition is also acceptable.)
  2. Pagano, M. and Gauvreau, K. (2000). Principles of Biostatistics. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

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