Descriptive Epidemiology and Study Design


This course is provided by the North Carolina Public Health Preparedness Center. You will need to complete a separate registration to have access to this course. Click the course title, then choose register on the course page. When you have finished, print off your certificate from North Carolina, then return to the LMS and choose Mark Complete from the action menu in the Learning Plan in your Workspace.

This presentation by Dr. Ward Cates, MD, MPH, President, Family Health Institute, Family Health International, gives the viewer an introduction to descriptive epidemiology and study design.

Target Audience
These learning modules are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness. These modules are created by faculty and guest lecturers at the UNC-CH School of Public Health and are equivalent to graduate level content.

Educational Objectives
To understand the use of epidemiology as a quantitative basic science, a method of causal reasoning and a tool for clinical and public health action
Give examples of several exposure-disease relationships and explain how they are used to determine associations
To understand the three categories of study design (descriptive, analytical and experimental) and assess appropriateness, strengths, and weaknesses