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Module 4: Screening
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After completing this module, students will be able to:

  1. Employ the concepts of primary and secondary prevention as they relate to common clinical preventive services
  2. Describe the appropriate conditions for screening in terms of characteristics of the disease, the patient and the screening test
  3. Describe the appropriate study design to evaluate the effectiveness of a screening program and discuss the common biases encountered in screening program research
  4. Calculate the characteristics of diagnostic tests: sensitivity, specificity and positive and negative predictive values
  5. Evaluate screening tests in terms of their validity, results and generalizability
  6. Evaluate locally obtained survey data about screening rates and attitudes and devise a community response to promote a screening program


Class Lecture Material

Screening (Video - 1:02 hours)

Screening Slides  (PowerPoint)

Screening Transcript (PDF)


Supplemental Material

Cervical Cancer Screening Case Study  (Video - 6:26 minutes)

Prostate Cancer Screening Considerations  (Video - 32:00 minutes) 

Critical Look at Prevention: Colorectal Cancer Screening – Student Guide (PDF) 

Breast Cancer Discussion Vignette - Mammograms (PDF)

Discussion Vignette – Prostate Cancer (PDF) 


Instructor Guide

Instructor Guide: Population Health Teaching Module 4



Screening – PowerPoint References (PDF)

Screening - Resources (PDF)


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