Annotation: 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.
Learning Objectives: • 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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Continuing Education: Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits are available.