HS 306

Epidemiology and Public Health

This course is designed to introduce students in all fields to the background, basic principles and methods of public health and epidemiology. The course introduces basic tenets, applications, and foci of modern public health, including integrating public health with other health professions.  Biological, behavioral, sociocultural, economic, and environmental factors associated with etiology and distribution of health and disease will be examined. Topics covered include history and basic principles of epidemiology, measures of disease, epidemiologic study design, experimental and observational bias, confounding factors, outbreak investigation, screening, causality, and ethical issues in epidemiologic research. In addition, students will read, interpret and evaluate health information from published epidemiologic studies.