Fall 2019 - HSCI 802 G100

Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health (4)

Class Number: 8027

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby



The underlying concepts and methods of epidemiology in the context of population and public health. Students will acquire skills in the critical interpretation of the epidemiologic literature, methods for measuring disease frequency and effect, evaluation of study design, and assessment of bias and confounding.


Course material will be conveyed through a combination of mini lectures and discussions, case-studies, individual and group projects and inquiry-based learning. The focus will be on developing epidemiologic literacy and critical thinking. Some class time will be devoted to real-world case studies and discussing epidemiological research as reported in both media and literature (indexed or not) and what constitutes evidence.  Tutorials will be used for hands-on practice of epidemiologic techniques and concepts.


1.      Explain the role of epidemiology in improving population health and reducing health inequities.
2.      Explain the strengths, limitations and appropriate uses of major epidemiological study designs.
3.      Calculate and interpret basic epidemiology measures of disease occurrence, and disease association.  
4.      Define and interpret the roles of chance, bias, confounding, and criteria for inference in the critical evaluation of quantitative population and public health literature.  
5.      Critically evaluate epidemiological literature to provide a rationale for population health programs, policy decisions, and advocacy.


  • Attendance and participation in class and tutorial 10%
  • 2 tests 50%
  • Final paper 40%



Epidemiology: An Introduction Paperback – May 9 2012

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