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PBHE607 - Epidemiology

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE607 Course ID: 2831 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides a graduate level study of epidemiologic concepts and approaches to population problems in public health. It covers a wide spectrum of topics, to include outbreak investigation, test properties, and study design. The course will provide understanding of disease and disease transmission, rates and proportions associated with different forms of outbreak, and epidemiological risk management methods and measures. (Prerequisite: PBHE550)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

• Describe the practical applications of epidemiology
• Appraise morbidity and mortality data
• Analyze online sources of epidemiologic data
• Implement epidemiologic study designs
• Demonstrate effective interpretation of epidemiologic data
• Evaluate a public health problem using the descriptive epidemiologic approach
• Examine the application of epidemiology to screening, infectious disease prevention, and policy

Forum

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.

Guidelines:

  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 450 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • Forum rubric is included in the forum section of the course
  • Additional guidelines for week one forum introduction are included in the forum tab within the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each forum can be found in the forum tab within the course.
  • Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.

Students will be responsible for providing a peer response posting for at least two (2) of their peers’ postings, unless there are less than 3 students in the course, where only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.

Assignments

There will be three (3) assignments due during weeks 3,5, and 7. These assignments will be hands on training in epidemiology and will require you to apply your knowledge gained in the classroom. Assignments are due by Sunday at 11:55 PM EST. Please see the Assignment tab for complete directions and the grading rubric for these assignments.

NOTE: The second and third assignment will use EpiInfo version 7.2 (https://www.cdc.gov/epiinfo/support/downloads.html). You must be able to download and use EpiInfo 7 for this course. Please see the CDC website to ensure that you can download and use this resource.

*PLAGIARISM: All assignments will go through TurnItIn, a plagiarism software. If you receive a high score in TurnItIn, it is likely that you have committed plagiarism whether intentional or not. Review this website to insure you do not commit plagiarism: http://www.plagiarism.org/. You may resubmit the paper BEFORE the due date.

  • More in-depth specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.
  • Assignments submitted late without advanced notice will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.

Exams

You will be required to submit four (4) Examinations. The exams are open book, untimed exams. You must complete the exams by the specified due dates. The exams are NOT cumulative. Exam 1 covers lessons and resources from weeks 1 and 2, Exam 2 covers lessons and resources from weeks 3 and 4, Exam 3 covers lessons and resources from weeks 5 and 6, and Exam 4 covers lessons and resources from weeks 7 and 8. All exams must be completed on or before the due date which is Sunday every other week (weeks 2,4,6,8). You will find the Exams in the Tests & Quizzes section of the classroom. You are allowed only one (1) submission so please only submit when you have completed the exam.

  • Refer to the Lessons and Resources sections in the classroom for information about all readings in this course.
  • Each week’s Lesson contains all the material for the week.
  • For most weeks, course readings are a mix of professional sources (such as peer-reviewed journal articles and governmental publications) and “popular” sources, such as newspaper articles, professional magazine articles, and websites intended for the public. All required course readings are freely downloadable from the course website or from other websites.
  • We will use the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Third Edition: An Introduction to Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics. It can be accessed using this website but will also be available for you in the classroom: https://www.cdc.gov/ophss/csels/dsepd/ss1978/index.html
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.