Date Developed: 1/1/2004. Source: Center for Public Health Preparedness (University of North Carolina). Presenter(s): Amy Sayle, PhD, MPH. Type: Online Course. Level: Introductory. Length: 15 minutes.
This module provides a basis for reading epidemiologic research studies, more specifically with studies concerning the relationship between exposures and health-related outcomes. Dr. Sayle provides a definition of epidemiology, and tips to searching the literature, and continues by detailing components of a typical journal article. Strategies for effectively and sufficiently reading an epidemiologic study are included, as well as tips for analyzing study design, population, possible sources of error, confounders, and how variables are defined and measured.
• Be able to define epidemiology.
• Understand the structure of a typical epidemiology journal article.
• Learn strategies for reading an epidemiology article.