Fall 2019 - HSCI 432 D100

Seminar in Epidemiology (3)

Class Number: 2630

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 9011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Ashraf Mohammed
  • Prerequisites:

    HSCI 330.



The epidemiologic approach to health and disease in a population. Applying epidemiology to evaluation and policy.


This course will focus on health and disease in a population from the approach of epidemiology. This will encapsulate the application of epidemiology to evaluation and policy. This upper-level undergraduate course will provide epidemiological view of infectious disease epidemiology, with a focus on disease outbreak, disease surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of interventions and policy. Students will review study designs, methodologies and outcomes in the context of critically appraising epidemiological investigations and literature. The course will build upon knowledge gained in HSCI 330 and will use case examples where students will engage in group activities, assignments, presentations, discussion forums, debate to expand their capabilities to apply epidemiological evidence to decisions in practice and policy.  


This course will provide students with an opportunity to advance their foundational knowledge through the application of examples and cases. Students will be expected to engage in all individual and group activities to fulfill requirements of this course. The course is intended to prepare students to:  

·         describe epidemiological concepts and contemporary practices in relation to infectious disease outbreaks, monitoring and surveillance.
·         examine epidemiological literature and critique research design, methodologies and results to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the design in relation to the findings and recommendations for action.
·         examine different disease outbreaks in specific contexts and global settings in terms of origin, extent, intensity, interventions, outcomes and lessons learnt in relation to the investigation of the outbreak and recommendations for practices and policies.
·         explore ethical issues and apply an evidence-based approach to decisions in epidemiological practices, interventions and policy in the context of disease outbreaks.
·         communicate and use knowledge translation techniques to provide information on disease outbreaks reporting and analysis of impact, prevention and mitigation of diseases and  recommendations


  • Quizzes (1, 2 & 3) 15%
  • Individual Assignments (Critical Appraisal) 30%
  • Small Group Outbreak (Part 1 & Part 2) 30%
  • Compare and Contrast Immunization in Pairs 20%
  • Debate Participation & Class Activities 5%


·         This is a 3 credit 400-level course.
·         Students should be committed to ensure adequate effort and time is allocated to prepare to participate in the course activities.
·         Students are expected to contribute to at least 6-8 hours per week (including 3 hours of active class participation during the weekly lecture).



·         I-Clicker
·         There is no required textbook for this course.  
·         Required reading will be assigned prior to class and distributed via Canvas

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