Basic Epidemiology


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Course Description
This course reviews how an epidemiologist investigates the causes of disease, its distribution, how it spreads, and measures for control and prevention.

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Target Audience
Public health practitioners who do not have significant knowledge or experience in the field of epidemiology.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe how an epidemiologist investigates the causes of disease, its distribution, and how it spreads.
  2. Measure how to control and prevent spreading diseases.

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  • 1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
  • 1.1.3 Prioritize problems based on level of hazard and degree of risk.
  • 1.1.8 Assess information, resources and procedures necessary to address the problems in emergency situations.
  • 1.4 Maintain situational awareness.
  • 1.4.3 Use information and resources that identify changes in the situation and/or response.
  • 1.4.7 Distinguish between critical and non-critical elements of the emergency.
  • 2.1 Manage information related to an emergency.
  • 2.1.5 Classify information for internal and external audiences.
  • 2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.
  • 2.3.2 Communicate within the organization’s defined command structure (i.e. report up, communicate down).
  • 2.3.5 Communicate relevant information to personnel in a timely fashion.
  • 2.4 Collect data according to protocol.
  • 2.4.1 Use standardized protocol to collect data.
  • 2.4.7 Organize data accurately into database or statistical packages.
  • 2.4.9 Utilize primary and secondary data collection methods to inform preparedness and emergency responses scenarios.
  • 2.5 Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.
  • 2.5.1 Adhere to relevant ethics guidelines, state, and federal laws regarding data collection, management, and dissemination.

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