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What you will learn

  • Explain how disease is studied.

  • Describe what happens during a disease cluster investigation.

  • Assess the two main parameters of a disease cluster investigation: time and space.

  • Explain challenges in studying disease clusters, including why they often yield inconclusive results.

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

No specific background required!

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 3 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Introduction and What is Disease?

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 43 min)
3 videos
What is Disease and What is a Disease Cluster?13m
Case Study: Cholera in London10m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

How is Disease Studied

1 hour to complete
4 videos (Total 50 min)
4 videos
Case Study 2: Breast Cancer in Cape Cod9m
Unusual or “Sentinel” Events: Another Strategy for Health Detective10m
Case Study 3: The Spanish Toxic Oil Event10m
1 practice exercise
130m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Approaches to Possible Clusters

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
Other Considerations11m
Who Does What during a Disease Cluster Investigation?8m
1 reading
Directions for Discussion Forum10m
1 practice exercise
25m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Why Are These Investigations Often Unsuccessful? (Suzanne Condon)

1 hour to complete
4 videos (Total 39 min)
4 videos
Case Study: Childhood Leukemia in Woburn, MA11m
Case Study: Sarcoma in Ashland, MA9m
Tracking Disease10m
1 practice exercise
35m

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