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Concept image of the transfer of information related to epidemiology between individuals

This course covers concepts, principles and methods of basic and applied epidemiology, including the following topics: sampling, measuring disease frequency, clinical epidemiology, descriptive epidemiology, causal reasoning and design, interpretation and critical appraisal of surveys, observational studies, field trials and critical appraisal.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Use and explain appropriate epidemiological terminology;
  2. Explain epidemiology and factors that contribute to disease transmission in populations;
  3. Calculate and explain diagnostic and screening test characteristics, including sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values, at both the individual and group levels;
  4. Analyze quantitative data to calculate and explain common measures of disease frequency, measures of association, and measures of effect for factor-outcome relationships;
  5. Apply several models of causation to assess the potential causal effect of a factor on an outcome;
  6. Design an observational study to answer a given research question by creating a causal diagram, selecting and justifying a study design, selecting a sampling strategy, calculating the required sample size, identifying potential study biases, and outlining a data analysis plan;
  7. Design an experimental study to answer a given research question by creating a causal diagram, selecting and justifying a study design, selecting a sampling strategy, calculating the required sample size, identifying potential study biases, and outlining a data analysis plan;
  8. Critically appraise epidemiological literature to assess strengths and weaknesses of studies and the validity of their findings; and,
  9. Explain the key components of effective risk assessments and disease surveillance programs as well as steps to conduct disease outbreak investigations.

Course Topics

  • Foundations in Health, Disease Transmission, and Causality
  • Sampling
  • Measures of Disease Frequency
  • Screening and Diagnostic Testing
  • Measures of Association and Effect
  • Bias and Confounding
  • Introduction to Observational Study Designs
  • Cohort Studies and Randomized Clinical Trials
  • Risk Assessments
  • Surveillance
  • Outbreak Investigations

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): MPH and Population medicine students. Instructor consent required.

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Unit Quizzes 6%
Unit Activities 4%
Online Participation 5%
Midterm 20%
Critical Appraisal Assignment 10%
Term Assignment 15%
On Campus Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Epidemiology I
Type
Online
Dates
September 05, 2019 to November 29, 2019
Contact Hours
36.0
Delivery Options
Online  
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $1,739.79 Click here to get more information
OLp International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $4,908.66 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

This course uses two textbooks that present nearly identical content but provide different examples in veterinary health and human health, respectively. You are required to purchase ONE of the two textbooks.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Veterinary Epidemiologic Research by Dohoo I. R., Martin S.W., & Stryhn H. © 2009 AVC. Inc. 2nd edition ISBN 9780919013605
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Methods of Epidemiologic Research by Dohoo I.R., Martin S.W., & Stryhn H. © 2012 AVC. Inc. 1st edition ISBN 9780919013735
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