Credits: 3 credits
This course offers a foundation for the study of the distribution, history, and determinants of disease and disability in human populations. In addition to examining the biological basis of health, the course will explore social epidemiology and the interrelationship between the social and biological determinants of health.
MPH605 is a core course of the MPH program. Epidemiology is part of the foundation of public health research and practice. This course will provide students epidemiological approaches including both qualitative and quantitative measures to study the patterns of health and disease, and to evaluate public health policy and service. The expectation is that students will integrate this course with other courses in the MPH program to achieve their professional goals in public health.
Students will be able to fulfill the following expectations after completing the course:
- Describe the important theoretical concepts of Epidemiology.
- Analyze disease transmission and prognosis.
- Compare and contrast cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies.
- Explore causes of health, disease and disability with epidemiological approaches.
- Apply epidemiological methods to investigate health and disease in marginalized populations.
- Evaluate public health policy and service with epidemiological studies.
- Interpret and critique existing epidemiological studies or investigation.