Introduction to Epidemiology
This course will present a background of epidemiology and how it is studied, as well as provide contemporary examples of epidemiological studies from natural and intentionally-induced disasters. This course has been designed to be self-directed and should not take more than two hours to complete.
CEUs: 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) awarded upon successful completion
By the end of Intro to Epidemiology training, the learner will be able to:
Module 1: Fundamentals of Epidemiology
- Define epidemiology
- Describe the difference between personal health care and public health
- List the basic steps epidemiologists use in studying disease/injury
Module 2: Varieties of Epidemiology
- List the areas of epidemiological study
- Define the two types of epidemiological studies
- Describe the Epidemiology Intelligence Services (EIS)
Module 3: Case Studies
- Describe the techniques used in the epidemiological studies of September 11th and the SARS outbreak
- List the lessons learned from these studies as they apply to public health
Capability 13: Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
Function 1: Determine risks to the health of the jurisdiction
Function 2: Build community partnerships to support health preparedness
Function 3: Engage with community organizations to foster public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health social networks
Function 4: Improve public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation systems
Plan for and Improve Practice
3.1 Contribute expertise to a community hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA).
3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.