Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals
Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals
This course is offered online. Additional information
on this structure is provided in the welcome message above.
This course is also part of
the Master of Public Health degree program
and counts as a technical elective in this program.
John J. Lanza MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pager: (850) 839-6436
PREREQUISITES OR COREQUISITES:
Those interested in this course or the
Master of Public Health Program
should contact Mr. Steve Celestial at (850) 474-2885 or email@example.com.
This course is designed for individuals intending to pursue public health as a
career and will enable the student to understand epidemiology as a health
discipline and how epidemiology, as the basic science of public health, provides
information for infectious and non-infectious disease prevention and control.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (Objectives):
This course meets the following programmatic goals for the MPH degree program:
- Content and Critical Thinking:
- Explain the historical foundations of epidemiology.
- Describe recent applications of epidemiology in our society.
- Define the measures of morbidity and mortality used in this field.
- Describe the primary objectives and applications of descriptive epidemiology.
- Identify databases and obtain requisite data.
- Apply the various study designs in the field of epidemiology.
- Describe how screening for diseases in communities is accomplished.
- Describe the rules of epidemiology as they apply to infectious and chronic diseases.
- Identify health and safety hazards in the environment and workplace.
- Define the significance of genetic factors in epidemiological data and research.
- Describe psychological, behavioral, and social factors involved in the study of epidemiology.
- Articulate the practical uses of epidemiology.
- Articulate data interpretation issues in epidemiologic practice.
History of epidemiology;
measures of epidemiology;
sources of data;
measures of effect;
validity and reliability;
screening for disease;
epidemiology of infectious diseases;
epidemiology and the work environment;
molecular and genetic epidemiology;
psychology, behavioral and social epidemiology
- Friis and Sellers, Epidemiology for Public Health Practice. 3rd ed.
Aspen publishers, 2004.
- Benenson, AS. Control of Communicable Disease in Man. Washington, DC:
American Public Health Association, 1990.
- Lilienfeld, AM and Lilienfeld, DE. Foundation of Epidemiology. 2nd ed. New York:
Oxford University Press, 1980.
- Last, JM, ed. A Dictionary of Epidemiology. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Oxford
University Press, 1995.
SPECIAL TECHNOLOGY UTILIZED BY STUDENTS: (beyond baseline requirements of e-mail and word processing)
Students will be expected to conduct Internet searches.
Student grades will be based on their performance in the following areas:
- Critical thinking in weekly study questions from end of each chapter in text.
- Mid-term and final exams.
- Epidemiology problem set.
- Quality of research paper on student’s topic related to the course.
A = 95+%
A- = 90 – 94.9%
B+ = 87 – 89.9%
B = 84 – 86.9%
B- = 80 – 83.9%
C+ = 77 - 79.9%
C = 74 - 76.9%
C- = 70 - 73.9%
D+ = 67 - 69.9%
D = 63 - 66.9%
F < 63%
The Course Schedule will show what study questions should be answered at the end of each Module.
Assignments are to be turned into the dropbox weekly.
Two problem sets will be assigned during the course.
All students will perform a literature review on a topic approved by
the professor and conduct a prevalence survey appropriate to the topic. The topic must
be presented via email to the professor for approval by the 6th week of the class. The
paper will consist of a minimum of 10 typewritten pages using the APA style. An
appendix will contain references, figures, charts, etc. and these will not be counted
toward the 10 page requirement.
|Study Questions (12)||120 points|
|Problem sets (2)||100 points|
|Mid-term exam||150 points|
|Research paper ||150 points|
|Final exam||200 points|
EXPECTATIONS FOR ACADEMIC CONDUCT/PLAGIARISM POLICY:
- Academic Conduct Policy
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- Plagiarism Policy
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- Student Handbook
It is the philosophy of The University of West Florida that academic dishonesty is a completely
unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic
dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline
may include suspension or expulsion from the University.
Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission
for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person,
taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or
the attempt to commit such acts.
In addition, any behavior that interferes with the conduct of a class is classified as disruptive
behavior and will not be tolerated. Although not exhaustive, examples of disruptive behavior
would include: routinely entering class late or departing class early without specific
permission from the instructor; talking in class without being recognized; threatening faculty or
fellow students or verbal abuse of faculty or fellow students; physical or verbal displays of anger; etc.
Students with special needs who require specific examination-related or other course-related
accommodations should contact Disabled Student Services (DSS),
firstname.lastname@example.org, (850) 474-2387. DSS will provide the student with a letter for the instructor
that will specify any recommended accommodations.
Every effort will be made to accommodate the special needs of disabled students.
Please see the instructor in the privacy of his office during the first week of class to
inform him of your particular needs. All such accommodations are officially arranged
through the Office for Disabled Student Services and a letter from this office must accompany your request.
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