Introduction

This book was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a self-study course. Continuing Education for this course is no longer available.

 

Objectives

Readers who successfully complete this book should be able to correctly:

  • Describe key features and applications of descriptive and analytic epidemiology.
  • Calculate and interpret ratios, proportions, incidence rates, mortality rates, prevalence, and years of potential life lost.
  • Calculate and interpret mean, median, mode, ranges, variance, standard deviation, and confidence interval.
  • Prepare and apply tables, graphs, and charts such as arithmetic-scale line, scatter diagram, pie chart, and box plot.
  • Describe the processes, uses, and evaluation of public health surveillance.
  • Describe the steps of an outbreak investigation.

 

Course Design

This book covers basic epidemiology principles, concepts, and procedures useful in the surveillance and investigation of health-related states or events. It is designed for federal, state, and local government health professionals and private sector health professionals who are responsible for disease surveillance or investigation. A basic understanding of the practices of public health and biostatistics is recommended.

Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice

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