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NUR 59900 - Principles of Epidemiology (Fully Online)

Three Credits (Offered Summer 2017)

This course will provide the student with an introduction to epidemiology – the study of the distribution and determinants of health status. This course focuses on application of epidemiologic descriptive and analytic study as it relates to the distribution and determinants of health status. Topics will include the scope and history of epidemiology, basic quantitative methods and measures used in the field, and an introduction to the design and implementation of epidemiological studies. The course will also include the examination of cases from infectious disease, various forms of applied epidemiology (e.g., clinical and field epidemiology), surveillance/screening tests, types of epidemiological studies, concepts of disease transmission, and causality.

NUR 59900 Principles of Epidemiology aims to address the following content domains and competencies outlined by the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. Students successfully completing this course will be equipped to meet the core competencies associated with a Master of Public Health Degree.

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Textbook Information

Epidemiology: with Student Consult Online Access, 5th Edition
Leon Gordis
ISBN-10: 145573733X
ISBN-13: 978-1455737338

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