Date Developed: Unknown. Source: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Presenter(s): Victoria Holt, PhD, MPH, RN. Type: n.a.. Level: Introductory. Length: 45 minutes.
This module describes the role of epidemiology in public health. It begins with a definition of epidemiology, as well as an introduction to the difference between descriptive and analytic epidemiology. Next, it describes the core concepts that define epidemiology, as well as a brief history of the field. The module also covers determinants (agent, host and environment), and describes the most common uses of epidemiology in the field of public health: surveillance, disease investigation, and community health assessment, screening, and intervention programs. Learning is reinforced using SIDS as an example, providing short exercises during the lecture, and requiring participants to complete a final assessment.
• Describe the components of the definition of epidemiology.
• Recognize and explain basic epidemiologic concepts, principles, and terms.
• List and describe six examples of the use of epidemiology in public health practice.
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