Basic Concepts in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Course Overview
Course Quality Rating
Course Description
Are you a public health worker with little or no knowledge of epidemiology who would like to know more? This narrated, one-hour course introduces the concepts and principles of infectious disease in epidemiology. By the end of this course, you'll be familiar with infectious disease agents and transmission characteristics, epidemiologic methods, and vaccination and other control measures.
This is part of a nine-part series on epidemiology.
Click the LAUNCH button below to start or be taken to the course.
Target Audience
Public health practitioners, especially those working in smaller local and state health departments, with little or no prior training in epidemiology.
Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you should be able to:
1. Define key concepts of infectious disease epidemiology
2. Explain the relationship of an infectious agent to its host and the environment
3. Describe different modes of transmission
4. Understand how common infectious agents are classified
5. Describe the role of vaccination and other control measures in preventing disease spread
Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)
1A1. Identifies the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness.
1A2. Describes the characteristics of a population-based health problem
1A3. Uses variables that measure public health conditions
Professional/Disciplinary Competencies
None listed
Online/ Self-study
Credit /CEU
None available
1 hour
None listed
Course Publication Date
Not indicated