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Basic Epidemiology

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Date Developed: 3/23/2013. Source: Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Online Course. Level: Introductory. Length: 60 minutes.


This course is intended for public health practitioners who do not have significant knowledge or experience in the field of epidemiology. The course offers an opportunity to learn how an epidemiologist investigates the causes of disease, its distribution, how it spreads, and measures for control and prevention. There are four modules in this course:

1. Important Terms in Epidemiology

2. Models for Understanding the Infectious Process

3. Epidemiology in Practice

4. Surveillance

Learning Objectives

• Discuss important terms and concepts for basic epidemiology practice.

• Describe the inter-related aspects of the infectious disease process and methods of breaking this "chain" of infection.

• Understand basic epidemiology in practice, using a case study of a food-borne outbreak as an example.

• Perform basic surveillance tasks in an appropriate and timely manner.

• Utilize your regional epidemiologist as a resource for outbreak investigations.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.