Basic Epidemiology

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There are four sections in this course:

  • Section 1: Important Terms in Epidemiology
  • Section 2: Models for Understanding the Infectious Process
  • Section 3: Epidemiology in Practice
  • Section 4: Surveillance

There are review questions at the end of modules 1 and 2. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these modules. There is a quiz at the end of module 3. In addition, some modules contain practice exercises to help you better understand the material. 

This course may be taken by itself, or as part of the New Public Health Administrators (NPHA) Curriculum.

Intended Audience

Public health practitioners who do not have significant knowledge or experience in the field of epidemiology.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss important terms and concepts for basic epidemiology practice
  • Describe the inter-related aspects of the infectious disease process and methods of breaking the chain of infection
  • Apply basic epidemiology in practice, using a case study of a food-borne outbreak as an example
  • Perform basic surveillance tasks in an appropriate and timely manner
  • Utilize your regional epidemiologist as a resource for outbreak investigations


Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills
  • 1A12. Contributes to assessments of community health status and factors influencing health in a community (e.g. quality, availability, accessibility, and use of health services; access to affordable housing).
Domain 6: Public Health Sciences Skills
  • 6A2. Identifies prominent events in the history of public health (e.g., smallpox eradication, development of vaccinations, infectious disease control, safe drinking water, emphasis on hygiene and hand washing, access to health care for people with disabilities).
  • 6A3. Describes how public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) are used in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services.
  • 6A6. Describes evidence used in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services.

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour


This course is renewable on an annual basis

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Matt Hobson

Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

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Creation and/or update

March 23, 2013

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