NUTRI SCI 379 — Introduction to Epidemiology

Affiliation

Name: Devika Suri
SCID: College of Agricultural & Life Science
Department: Nutritional Sciences
Course Name: NUTRI SCI 379 — Introduction to Epidemiology

Supported Program Outcomes:

  • SPO1: Understand the global burden of disease, threats to well-being, and the root causes of these conditions.
  • SPO2: Identify parallels between local, domestic, and international health issues.
  • SPO3: Become informed citizens in an increasingly interconnected world.
  • SPO4: Collaborate and communicate effectively with diverse colleagues and local partners.

Course Objectives:

  • CO1: Communicate principles of epidemiology and describe epidemiological tools and methods
  • CO2: Calculate basic epidemiological measures
  • CO3: Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of epidemiological studies/evidence
  • CO4: Interpret and communicate epidemiological evidence to diverse audiences
  • CO5: Connect epidemiology with its use in public and global health
  • CO6: Explore how epidemiology is related to their field of interest or career path

Course Units:

  • CU1: Fundamental Concepts and Measures
  • CU2: Types of Epidemiology, Study Designs and Inference
  • CU3: Disease Investigation, Additional Types of Epidemiology and Applications

Unit Being Redesigned:
CU1: Fundamental Concepts and Measures

Unit Objectives:

  • UO1: Define epidemiology and recognize its historical roots
  • UO2: Explain the use and importance of epidemiology in public and global health
  • UO3: Construct graphs and tables from a dataset
  • UO4: Interpret data presented in figures and tables
  • UO5: Calculate basic statistics and make inferences
  • UO6: Define and critique key epidemiological terms and measures (e.g. rate, incidence)
  • UO7: Identify sources of data and evaluate their quality

Summary of Blended Activity Flow

Pre-Class Activities In-Class Activities Post-Class Activities
  • Canvas quizzes and discussion on readings
  • Surveys
  • Pair problem solving
  • Case studies
  • Send-a-problem
  • Muddiest point
  • Exam
Surveys
Expansion on in-class
activity (done individually):
Problem set
Case study write up;
Graphs and figures

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