Fall 2021 - HSCI 432 D100

Seminar in Epidemiology (3)

Class Number: 2142

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 9011, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    HSCI 330 with a minimum grade of C-.



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


This upper-level undergraduate course will provide a broad overview of infectious disease epidemiology from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a special emphasis on health surveillance, study design and statistical methods. The course will build upon knowledge gained in HSCI 330 and other upper level epidemiological and statistical courses. The course will take a case-study approach which requires students to complete or participate in group activities both in and outside of class. Students will develop a research question, identify a study design, and complete an abridged CIHR operating grant proposal.


This course will provide students with a broad overview of epidemiology from an interdisciplinary perpective with special emphasis on real-world application. Students will also gain competency in interpreting and critiquing research papers in the field and crafting and presenting an abridged operating grant.


  • Group readings presentation 20%
  • Grant outline and final proposal 25%
  • Reflections 10%
  • Final presentation 20%
  • Exam 25%


Additional information about assignments will be provided in class and on Canvas.



Articles or books will be posted on Canvas; articles that are not available must be obtained by students.  Refer to weekly breakdown of lectures for more details.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.