Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health problems, with the goal of disease management/control/prevention. This course will provide an overview and introduction to epidemiology, while exploring considerations specific to infectious diseases, such as outbreak detection, contact tracing, containment, and vaccination. Statistical and methodological approaches used in epidemiological research will be examined. In addition to applications in public health and clinical practice, this course will consider the role of epidemiology in targeting unmet medical needs and identifying opportunities for innovations that detect, treat, or prevent such problems. Special attention will be given to the issues of preparing for and responding to epidemics and other extreme outbreaks through examination of recent viral and bacterial epidemics.
ALS434 (can be co-enrolled) or instructor permission