Health Administration (HADM) 379
Introduction to Epidemiology (Revision 2)
This introductory course in epidemiology provides an analysis of the epidemiologic approach to problems of health and disease. The basis principles and methods of epidemiology are presented in three sections of this course. The sections are designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of epidemiologic methods and study design and the place of epidemiology in preventive and clinical medicine. This course is designed for students from a wide variety of backgrounds: health services, administrators, policymakers, practitioners, and clinicians.
HADM 379 is structured for independent study with interactive tutoring. The course comprises the following eleven units:
- Unit 1: Introduction to Epidemiology and Dynamics of Disease Transmission
- Unit 2: Measuring Disease Occurrence
- Unit 3: Diagnostic Test Validity and Reliability
- Unit 4:The Natural History of Disease
- Unit 5: Assessing the Efficacy of Preventive and Therapeutic Measures
- Unit 6: Cohort, Case-control, and Cross-sectional Studies
- Unit 7: The Epidemiological Approach to Risk
- Unit 8: The Epidemiological Approach to Causation
- Unit 9: Evaluation of Health Services
- Unit 10: Evaluation of Screening Programs
- Unit 11: Epidemiology: Public Policy, Ethical and Professional Issues
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
R. Bonita, R. Beaglehole, and T. kjellstrom. 2007. Basic Epidemiology (2nd. ed.). World Health Organization.
Last, J. M. (Ed.). (2014). A dictionary of epidemiology (6th ed.). Toronto: Oxford University Press.
All other course materials will be accessed online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, August 20, 2008.
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