Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health (Coursera)

Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health is online course offered by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill via Coursera.

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Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health (Coursera)


Often called “the cornerstone” of public health, epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of diseases, health conditions, or events among populations and the application of that study to control health problems.

By applying the concepts learned in this course to current public health problems and issues, students will understand the practice of epidemiology as it relates to real life and makes for a better appreciation of public health programs and policies. This course explores public health issues like cardiovascular and infectious diseases – both locally and globally – through the lens of epidemiology.


  • Course Introduction, History of Epidemiology and Epidemiology Research

This module introduces the history and field of epidemiology.

  • Understanding Measures of Disease Frequency

This module introduces measures of disease frequency.

  • Study Designs

This module introduces the following study designs: experimental, cohort, case control, cross-sectional, and                  ecologic.

  • Measures of Association

This module introduces measures of association and confidence intervals.

  • Causality

This module introduces causality.

  • Course Conclusion

This module concludes the course.


Karin Yeatts and Lorraine Alexander

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