Introduction to Epidemiology

Introduction to Epidemiology

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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.

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