A course is a term used to describe a higher education program of study or a single class taken over a period of a semester or school year. Programs typically last between several months to many years depending on the level of the degree sought.
You may be wondering, what is a course in epidemiology? Epidemiology is the study of the spread of diseases among human and, sometimes, animal populations. Students will generally study the incidence rate, statistics, symptoms, treatments, and prevention plans for various diseases, parasites, and microbes. After completing courses such as epidemiological research, injury and violence prevention, statistics, biology, environmental health issues, clinical epidemiology, and diagnostic testing, students will usually be required to complete laboratory work, a thesis or dissertation, or an internship in the field.
Students who obtain skills through an epidemiology course tend to see many career benefits. The future of disease prevention and treatment relies on new people coming into the work force. This branch of the medical field is growing, opening many job opportunities, usually high paying, to graduates.
An epidemiology course does not have a set cost, and fees vary between schools and countries. It is always important that students connect with the schools they wish to attend for accurate tuition and fee information.
Many graduates of higher-level course programs become epidemiologists and work in different areas of medical research. Disease control agencies, research hospitals, and military medical branches are the largest employers of epidemiologists. Those who wish to work directly with people may choose to become community health workers or health educators in both private and public agencies. Other graduates find fulfilling work in public health administration or management.
Schools worldwide offer courses in epidemiology, both in traditional classroom settings and online. Choose the institution that fits your career goals and lifestyle. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
Discover the science behind the Zika outbreak to understand how it is spread and can be controlled.
The Zika virus is suspected to be the cause of cases of microcephaly in newborns in South America, and this outbreak has now been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. With global attention towards this disease increasing rapidly, it is becoming clear that there is limited knowledge around how the carriers, or vectors, of Zika, are best avoided and controlled.
Focus on the Zika virus
This free online course will begin by considering the science behind the outbreak to try to understand where the Zika virus has come from, its symptoms, and its effect on infected individuals. Our attention will then turn towards the vector primarily responsible for transmission of Zika: the Aedes mosquito....
Antimicrobial stewardship is a fast-growing field that aims to address this issue by managing our use of antibiotics to slow down or reduce the occurrence of antimicrobia
Understand antimicrobial stewardship Antimicrobial stewardship is a fast-growing field that aims to address this issue by managing our use of antibiotics to slow down or reduce the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance. Designed for healthcare professionals, this six-week course will inform you about - and empower you to provide - safe, high-quality antibiotic use. You’ll interact with colleagues globally, to understand what antibiotic resistance means - and why the World Economic Forum has placed it alongside terrorism and climate change on its global risk register.
What topics will you cover?
Antibiotic Resistance and its global impact
The relationship between antibiotic resistance and prescribing
What antimicrobial stewardship is and how it can be implemented in a hospital setting
Why measurement is important in stewardship: how it can improve antibiotic prescribing
How novel diagnostics can help in clinical decision making for antibiotic prescribing
An understanding of the value of Behaviour Change Science to improve antibiotic prescribing
Examples of successful antibiotic stewardship from across the globe
What will you achieve?
Understand and assess the value of Behaviour Change Science to antimicrobial stewardship implementation in the learner's own location
Assess the threat of antibiotic resistance in the learner's location and to their practice
Evaluate the effectiveness of using certain strategies/tools/interventions in antimicrobial stewardship to drive improvement in learner's location and practice
Understand the value of measurement in antimicrobial stewardship: how to calculate DDDs and use Point Prevalence Surveys, have begun to determine how to use these in their location and practice to drive improvements in...
Influenza is a disease that strikes in two forms. Seasonal influenza returns each winter, killing up to half a million people in bad years and causing much misery. Pandem
Influenza is a disease that strikes in two forms. Seasonal influenza returns each winter, killing up to half a million people in bad years and causing much misery. Pandemic influenza, by contrast, is rare - having occurred only a handful of times in the last century - and far worse than seasonal flu, often killing many millions across the world. The worst pandemic of all, the “Spanish Flu” of 1918, killed over twice as many people as the First World War - some estimates are even higher.
Since 1918, our understanding of influenza virus has come a long way. We can now trace how the pandemics of the last hundred years originated in bird flu and swine flu, and we can model the evolution of the virus from year to year, aiding vaccine design. We also have some anti-viral drugs that can be used in emergencies, and we understand more about how flu is transmitted and possible ways to prevent its spread. In this free online course, we will cover everything from the history of influenza to modern laboratory diagnostics and vaccination. You’ll learn about the annual cycle that brings seasonal flu to our shores every winter, and also how avian and pig flu can contribute to the emergence of new pandemic strains of flu....
This online medical course will address two important topics in causal epidemiologic research, namely confounding and effect modification. These topics will be discussed
Advanced Topics in Causal Research
This online medical course will address two important topics in causal epidemiologic research, namely confounding and effect modification. These topics will be discussed in the context of both etiologic research and observational intervention research. Effect modification and confounding are difficult concepts to understand and often mixed up. In this course, the theory, as well as the practical side of these issues, will be discussed.
One particular problem in causal research is that the observed relation between a determinant and an outcome is attributed to that determinant, while in fact the observed relation should be attributed to another variable. This form of bias often referred to as confounding, is central in this course. Other sources of bias, notably missing data and measurement error are not addressed in detail....
During this Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety course, you will learn about typical problems, (such as confounding by indication, or rare side effects) and various phar
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety: a current issue
With the prospect that even more innovative drug therapies will be introduced in the coming years, society is demanding new approaches to comparative risk/benefit evaluation, as well as new concepts. Such evaluations are usually carried out only once the relevant therapies have been used widely in daily practice. The safety and risk management assessment of different drug therapies is then performed within the framework of observational epidemiological studies (e.g. to establish proof of 'safety' and proof of 'effectiveness'). This is the logical next step after randomized clinical trials, which are designed to provide evidence of a drug's 'efficacy'....
Prognosis is a key concept in patient care. However, although prognostic research is becoming increasingly important in clinical medicine, the actual methodology behind i
Prognosis is a key concept in patient care. However, although prognostic research is becoming increasingly important in clinical medicine, the actual methodology behind it is relatively underdeveloped.
The purpose of this course is to redress this imbalance. We will, therefore, discuss the principles and methods of non-experimental prognostic research, together with the practice of prognostic research in a clinical setting. The emphasis will be on learning about the design and statistical analysis of prognostic studies, the construction and estimation of prediction rules, the various approaches to validation, and the generalization of research results. You will also learn how to address the challenges of dealing with small data sets....
This course looks at the key issues in the good governance of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) responses, including HIV, the complex political and financi
What are the key issues in the good governance of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) responses, including HIV? How can one negotiate the complex political and financial terrain when developing policies and strategic plans? Maternal health, family planning, adolescent health, abortion and HIV, and the policies and strategies that address these, are among the most internationalized and to some extent politicized of all health issues. In this blended course, that combines classroom sessions with e-learning, you identify SRHR related international agreements, development commitments, and financial mechanisms, and analyze how these influence national policies and plans and vice versa. You will perform an SRHR strategic policy review from a multi-stakeholder perspective, addressing governance and financing structures and their implications for planning and managing the responses....
An in-depth look at important issues and current debates in sexual reproductive health policy, including HIV and AIDS, towards more inclusive and rights-based approaches
An in-depth look at important issues and current debates in sexual reproductive health policy, including HIV and AIDS, towards more inclusive and rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health.
This course is tropEd accredited and is intended for public health professionals looking to elevate their capabilities in sexual and reproductive health. It can be followed as a stand-alone course or as part of the Master in International Health or Master in Public Health programmes.
Sexual and reproductive health includes a range of issues that affect the health of women and men at all stages in their lives. Driven by women’s and human rights movements, there has been a shift in the international arena from primarily focusing on population control and safe motherhood towards more inclusive and rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health....
Disease control refers to a broad package of strategies for controlling diseases, from primary prevention, health promotion, and health legislation to screening for early
Disease control refers to a broad package of strategies for controlling diseases, from primary prevention, health promotion, and health legislation to screening for early detection, treatment, and rehabilitation. This course is designed to help disease control officers retain the strength of their programmes while moving towards more integrated and sector-wide approaches.
This course is TropEd accredited and can be followed as a stand-alone course or as part of the Master in International Health or the Master in Public Health programmes.
In order to choose the right strategies for a specific disease in a given situation, healthcare managers need to understand the context in which a disease arises, the factors contributing to its spread, and the natural course of the disease....
The course gives an introduction to the use of GIS in disease control programmes and provides knowledge and basic skills on how GIS can be used for disease control, focus
The course ‘Using GIS in disease control programmes’ jointly organized by KIT and the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) Enschede, combines expertise in geographic information systems and its application in disease control.
The course gives an introduction to the use of GIS in disease control programmes and provides knowledge and basic skills on how GIS can be used for disease control, focusing on the epidemiological assessment of disease burden and the improvement of programmatic planning and management. Participants can choose from a range of practical case studies to tailor the course to their own needs.
During the first week in Enschede, participants will be familiarized with key concepts and techniques in GIS, with an emphasis on developing basic software operating skills (ESRI ArcGIS vs 10.1 desktop)....