Certified in Epidemiology

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Course Description

Fundamentals of Epidemiology I is the first half of a course that introduces the basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to public health problems. Emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Topics include the dynamic behaviour of disease; usage of rates, ratios and proportions; methods of direct and indirect adjustment, and clinical life table which measures and describes the extent of disease problems.

Various epidemiologic study designs for investigating associations between risk factors and disease outcomes are also introduced, culminating with criteria for causal inferences. The application of these disciplines in the areas of health services, screening, genetics, and environment policy are presented. The influence of epidemiology and biostatistics on legal and ethical issues are also discussed.

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Course Curriculum


  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology within the Paradigm of Public Health
  • Application of Biostatistics to Epidemiology I
  • Epidemiologic Investigation
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Assignments


  • Direct and Indirect Methods of Adjustment
  • Biological Basis of Public Health
  • Evaluation of Diagnostic and Screening Tests: Validity and Reliability
  • Introduction to Health Care Organization
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Assignments
  • Quiz No 1

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