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 basic principles and methods of epidemiology are presented in each unit of this course. The units 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 10 units:
- Unit 1: Introduction to Epidemiology and Dynamics of Disease Transmission
- Unit 2: Measuring Disease Occurrence
- Unit 3: Study Design
- Unit 4: Biostatistical Concepts
- Unit 5: The Epidemiological Approach to Causation
- Unit 6: Prevention of Chronic Disease
- Unit 7: Communicable Disease and Dynamics of Disease Transmission
- Unit 8: Clinical Epidemiology
- Unit 9: Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
- Unit 10: Health Policy and Planning
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Bonita, R., Beaglehole, R., & Kjellstrom, T. (2007). Basic epidemiology (2nd ed.). Geneva, CH: World Health Organization Press.
Last, J. M. (Ed.). (2014). A dictionary of epidemiology (6th ed.). Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press.
All other course materials will be accessed online.
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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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