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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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About the Course

Often called “the cornerstone” of public health, epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of diseases, health conditions, or events among populations and the application of that study to control health problems. By applying the concepts learned in this course to current public health problems and issues, students will understand the practice of epidemiology as it relates to real life and makes for a better appreciation of public health programs and policies. This course explores public health issues like cardiovascular and infectious diseases – both locally and globally – through the lens of epidemiology....

Top reviews


Apr 11, 2020

Very clear teaching strategies from the instructors. Some quizzes though are a little bit hard on my part because of the type of questions and answers. But overall it is a great course to take with.


May 30, 2020

I just completed my course and I would like to appreciate the tutors for doing a great job, yeah! Also, I recommend Coursera for anyone who wants to experience advancement in knowledge and career.

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By Tyla D P

Jan 2, 2017

Fantastic course, Learnt allot

By Yusuke O

Dec 25, 2015

Basic concept of epidemiology.

By Kaeleen D

Jun 14, 2020

Excellent introductory course

By Jenevieve K

Aug 9, 2017

Solid review of epidemiology.

By Ernest K

Aug 17, 2016

Good course, worth taking


Jan 26, 2021

Very Interesting course!


Jun 8, 2020

legible and interesting.

By Nggada J

Oct 5, 2015

Beautiful introduction

By Mohammad R

Sep 4, 2016


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By Riya K

May 29, 2020

Very interesting!

By Akpa C

Apr 11, 2017

Very good course

By Baluka C

Jul 23, 2022

Good eye opener

By William A

Jun 22, 2020

Muy instructivo

By marina a

Jun 2, 2020

thanks too much

By BEN S ( b

Aug 14, 2021

fine course

By Francis O

Aug 19, 2015

very uneasy

By Princess J

Oct 20, 2020

Was good

By Tahira A

Nov 26, 2021


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By Suzanne S

Jun 9, 2020

The subject matter was comprehensive and interesting. However there are two concerns I have regarding the class. The primary concern is how frustrating the tests were. Many questions referred to information that was not included in the lectures. Some of the questions may have been included in the additional materials, however since I followed the guidelines and only invested the time estimated (ten minutes for multiple documents) in reading and reviewing the supplemental information I may have missed the test question references. My suggestion is to review all the test questions so that they reflect the information related in the lectures and adjust the time estimates for the supplemental material.

By Christine H

Mar 27, 2021

A lot more math than I expected. I was hoping for more examples of actual public health emergencies and discoveries. This is my second course, and I noticed the quizzes ask for information from future chapters, so there is no way to know the correct answers by reading and listening to the appropriate lessons.

A problem overall for Coursera, the minutes of the videos are not correctly transcribed for grammar. Incorrect punctuation is frequent, i.e. ending or not ending sentences at the correct place. Commas and periods are used interchangeably. And synonyms, like proceed was used instead of precede, which completely changes the meaning of the sentence.

By Maha A

Apr 7, 2020

The course covers an appropriate range of topics, but I had 2 major issues with it. First, the quizzes (especially module 1) are faulty. Some questions are marked wrong whether you answer them false or true and some questions are unclear and, most importantly, some questions focus on marginal issues rather than the core of the course. It would have also been helpful to get access to clarifications once we pass the quiz to better understand. Second, it would have been helpful to have more exercises to practice calculating the difference rates and ratios and differences. But, overall this was a nice refresher course.

By Artificially S

Jul 21, 2021

N​ice info, lots of new info for someone new to epi. Loved how math equations are clearly stated. Loves how sooo many examples are given, helps with understanding. Loved the short pop questions that would appear during the lecture. But, you have “students” here from various backgrounds, aptitudes, skills, experience etc. Break it down- simplify the info as if you are teaching a 10 year old. Don’t merely read definitions. Explain the terminologies used, including those words in definitions. And some questions in the quizzes were confusing for no “sane” reasons, all answers highly similar.