The Practice of Epidemiology: An Overview (E is for Epi, Session 1.2)

Fee:None
Length: 25 minutes
Description:This training addresses some key elements of the practice of epidemiology, and names some of the many specialties of epidemiology. Through the use of real-life examples-two outbreaks and a natural disaster-the module illustrates some of the epidemiologic specialties in action.

This module is part of the "E is for Epidemiology" training series developed to introduce non-epidemiologists to the basic concepts of epidemiology.
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This training was developed with the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC), a funded project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Cooperative Agreement 1U90TP000415).
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Learning Objectives

Training Personnel

Author:

Amy Pickard Nelson, PhD, MPH, CPH
Epidemiologist, UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness

Narrator:

Rachel Wilfert, MD, MPH, CPH
Deputy Director, UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness

NCIPH Reviewer:

Lauren N. Bradley, MHS
Research Associate, UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness

Subject Matter Expert Reviewer:

Lauren DiBiase, MS, CPH
Public Health Epidemiologist/Surveillance Program Manager at UNC Hospitals

The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose. Author, narrator, reviewer affiliations listed were current at the time of training development.

Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed

This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions. (Please note: The competencies included on this site are just a few of the public health competencies which have been established. Training participants may find alignment between this training and other competency sets not included on this site.)

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Tier 1
6A1. Describes the scientific foundation of the field of public health (6: Public Health Science Skills)
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Tier 2
6B2. Describes prominent events in the history of public health (e.g., smallpox eradication, development of vaccinations, infectious disease control, safe drinking water, emphasis on hygiene and hand washing, access to health care for people with disabilities) (6: Public Health Science Skills)

References

Gordis L. Epidemiology. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders Company; 2000.

Last JM. A Dictionary of Epidemiology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 1988.

Mountcastle S. Introduction to Forensic Epidemiology. FOCUS on Field Epidemiology [serial online]. 2004:2(5). North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. Available at: http://cphp.sph.unc.edu/focus/vol2/issue5/2-5ForensicEpi_issue.pdf. Accessed March 1, 2012.

Notes from the Field: Measles Outbreak - Indiana, June-July 2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2011;60(34):1169. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6034a5.htm. Accessed March 1, 2012.

Wedding Punch Investigation Concludes [press release]. Iowa Department of Public Health. April 25, 2003.

Pfau S. Ten Essential Public Health Services. Work Group for Health and Development, University of Kansas; 2004. The Community Toolbox, Chapter 2, Section 7. Available at: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/tablecontents/sub_section_main_1804.aspx. Accessed March 1, 2012.

St George DMM. First Responder Epidemiology Training Course [online training]. North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health; 2004.

Umble K with Nelson AL, Alexander LK. John Snow - Broad Street Pump Outbreak [online case study]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health; 2004. Available at: http://courses.sph.unc.edu/john_snow/. Accessed March 1, 2012.

Fig 11.2: Broad Street pump, modern replica; Broadwick Street, London [photograph]. John Snow Archive and Research Companion [Web site]. MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University. Available at: http://johnsnow.matrix.msu.edu/book_images11.php. Accessed March 1, 2012.

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