DH 301 - Basic Epidemiology

Course Content (List of the topics/subtopics to be covered in the lectures/practicals/assignments)
  • Definition and objectives of epidemiology: Principles and methods of epidemiology to investigate disease distribution. Using epidemiologic methods to study the cause, extent and prevention of various infectious and non-infectious diseases.
  • Dynamics of disease transmission: modes of transmission, attack rate, disease outbreak investigation.
  • Disease surveillance and measures of morbidity and mortality: Active and passive surveillance, emergency warning systems, stages of a disease, incidence and prevalence of disease, mortality rates, case fatality.
  • Assessing screening tests: Validity of tests, Tests with binary and continuous outcomes, sequential testing, sensitivity and specificity measures.
  • Different types of study design, including randomized trials, case-control and cohort studies, risk estimation and causal inferences.
  • Epidemiology and the development of policy.
  • Gordis, Leon. Epidemiology. Fifth edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders, 2014.
  • Rosner, B. Fundamentals of biostatistics. Belmont, CA: Thomson-Brooks/Cole, 2006.
Pre-requisite : None
Total credits : 6 credits - Lecture and Tutorial
Type : Department elective
Duration : Full Semester - To be offered normally in 1st semester
Name(s) of other Academic units to whom the course may be relevant : BSBE, CHE