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Fundamentals of Epidemiology I is the first half of a course 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 behaviour 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.

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Fundamentals of Epidemiology I is the first half of a course 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 behaviour 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.

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:
  • Distinguish the roles and relationships between epidemiology and biostatistics in the prevention of disease and the improvement of health.
  • Compute basic descriptive statistics and explore data analytic methods.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of epidemiologic methods and study design.
  • Combine appropriate epidemiological concepts and statistical methods.
After completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Perform exploratory data analysis using descriptive statistics.
  • Evaluate morbidity and mortality using ratios, proportions, and rates.
  • Perform direct and indirect methods of adjustment of overall rates.
  • Construct clinical life table in epidemiologic studies.
  • Recognize the assumptions associated with construction of a life table.
  • Calculate probabilities and conditional probabilities of health-related events.
  • Calculate sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values.
  • Recognize and describe the elements in the design and conduct of a randomized clinical trial, a cohort study, a case-control study, and a cross-sectional study.
  • Calculate measures of association in identifying risk factors of diseases.
  • Calculate a chi-square statistic to test the significance of a measure of association and interpret it using probability concepts.
  • Identify biases and their consequences in published literature.
  • Describe criteria for characterizing the causality of associations.
  • Recognize the presence of effect modifiers.
  • Explain the use of epidemiology in the genetics application.
  • Explain the use of epidemiology in the evaluation of the screening process.
  • Describe the impact of epidemiology on national and local policy.
  • Describe the influence of epidemiology on ethical and professional issues

Course Curriculum

    • Lecture 1: Biostatistics and Epidemiology within the Paradigm of Public Health (Diener-West) 00:55:00
    • Lecture 2: Epidemiologic Investigation (Kanchanaraksa) 03:00:00
    • Lecture 3: Exploratory Data Analysis (Diener-West) 03:00:00
    • Lecture 4: Tables and Graphs (Diener-West) 03:00:00
    • Lecture 5: Summary Measures [Ratio, Proportion, Rate] (Diener-West) 00:55:00
    • Lecture 6: Indices of Morbidity and Mortality (Kanchanaraksa) 03:00:00
    • Lecture 7: Direct and Indirect Methods of Adjustment (Diener-West) 03:00:00
    • Lecture 8: Life Tables (Diener-West) 02:30:00
    • Lecture 9: Measures of Prognosis (Diener-West, Kanchanaraksa) 00:55:00
    • Lecture 10: Probability Concepts (Diener-West) 02:30:00
    • Lecture 11: Evaluation of Diagnostic and Screening Tests: Validity and Reliability (Kanchanaraksa) 03:20:00
    • Fundamentals of Epidemiology I Projects 2 days

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