Health Administration (HADM) 379

Introduction to Epidemiology (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: Professor approval and HADM 336

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HADM 379 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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 receive credit for HADM 379, you must achieve a D (50 percent) or higher on each evaluation activity. The weighting of the course grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 20%
Midterm Exam 25%
Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


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.

Other Materials

All other course materials will be accessed online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and 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.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HADM 379 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least C- (60 percent) on the examination.

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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Updated April 03 2019 by SAS