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What you will learn

  • Apply methods to weigh evidence and calculate measures

  • Discuss outbreaks and the key epidemiologic tools used during investigation

  • Apply basic epidemic dynamics to the analysis of outbreaks

Skills you will gain

StatisticsEpidemiologyPublic HealthOutbreak investigation

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Beginner Level

Approx. 6 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 1-2 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Identifying and Investigating Outbreaks: The Basics

1 hour to complete
8 videos (Total 40 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
Step 0: What Is an Outbreak?5m
Step 1: Identify Cases5m
Step 2: Describe the Outbreak by Person, Place, and Time6m
Step 3: Identify and Characterize the Cause6m
Step 4: Risk Factor Study in a Defined Population4m
Step 4: Risk Factor Study in an Open Population5m
Step 5: Intervene and Report4m
1 reading
Course Projects10m
1 practice exercise
Identifying and Investigating Outbreaks16m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Weighing Evidence and Identifying Causes

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 47 min)
6 videos
General Questions to Precise Hypotheses8m
Identifying Comparison Groups9m
Basic Measures of Association 1, Risk Difference6m
Basic Measures of Association 2, Relative Risk6m
Understanding Basic Statistical Tests15m
1 practice exercise
Weighing Evidence and Identifying Causes12m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

The Terrible Law: Basic Epidemic Dynamics

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 41 min)
6 videos
Measures of Transmissibility: Attack Rates10m
Measures of Transmissibility: Reproductive Numbers6m
Natural History10m
Implications for Control11m
Summary of The Terrible Law: Basic Epidemic Dynamics1m
1 practice exercise
The Terrible Law: Basic Epidemic Dynamics10m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Case Studies in Outbreaks and Epidemics: From Ebola to Overdose

1 hour to complete
4 videos (Total 42 min)
4 videos
Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium in the United States13m
Ebola in West Africa18m
Opioids in West Virginia9m
1 practice exercise
Case Studies in Outbreaks and Epidemics: from Ebola to opioids12m

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About the Epidemiology in Public Health Practice Specialization

This specialization is intended for people working or aspiring to work in the field of public health at the local, regional, and national level. Over five courses taught by faculty from the preeminent school of public health, you'll learn to use the core epidemiologic toolset to measure the health of populations, assess interventions, collect and analyze data, and investigate outbreaks and epidemics....
Epidemiology in Public Health Practice

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