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Module 2: Fundamentals of Epidemiology


After completing this module, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the distribution of disease in a population according to person, place and time
  2. Calculate measures of disease occurrence and disease severity including incidence, prevalence and case-fatality
  3. Compare major epidemiologic study designs including strengths and weaknesses of each and issues of interpretation of each including bias and confounding
  4. Calculate measures of association including relative risk and odds ratios
  5. Interpret measures of association, confidence intervals and p-values
  6. Evaluate medical and public health literature and its implications for patient and population health


Class Lecture Material

Measuring Health and Disease  44:43 min  PowerPoint  PDF
Experimental Studies  34:04 min  PowerPoint  PDF
Observational Studies  48:51 min  PowerPoint  PDF
Issues of Interpretation in Epidemiologic Studies  36:08 min  PowerPoint  PDF


Supplemental Material

Weighing the Evidence: Misconceptions About Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine and Autism Student Guide (PDF)



Fundamentals of Epidemiology - PowerPoint References (PDF)

Fundamentals of Epidemiology - Resources (PDF)



Instructor Guide

Instructor Guide: Population Health Teaching Module 2

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