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PBHE427 - Epidemiology

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE427 Course ID: 3691 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an introduction to epidemiologic concepts and approaches to population problems in public health. It covers a wide spectrum of topics, to include outbreak investigation, test properties, and study design. The course will provide understanding of disease and disease transmission, rates and proportions associated with different forms of outbreak, and epidemiological risk management methods and measures.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Analyze epidemiology and its present-day applications

2. Compare and contrast morbidity and mortality and how each is measured;

3. Differentiate between descriptive and analytic epidemiology;

4. Explain the sources of data used in epidemiology;

5. Demonstrate an epidemiologic study design

6. Explain the measurement and interpretation of an intervention;

7. Describe the screening process for infectious diseases;

8. Epidemiologically analyze work and the environment;

9. Differentiate among the characteristics of molecular, genetic, psychological, and behavioral epidemiology.


Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


• Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.

• Initial responses should have substance where students explores, explains, expands upon issues being discussed, and applies relevant course materials.

• Initial responses should be very clear and contain relevant information that is understood and is incorporated into postings.

• Students should analyzes course concepts, theories or materials correctly, using examples or supporting evidence.

• Initial responses should be supported by at least two references.

• Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.

• Students are required to respond to at least two (2) other student’s initial postings (and the instructor) with significant comments that have substance.

• Students should collaborate with fellow learners, relating the discussion to course concepts, add several innovative ideas, and provide considerable additional insight that relates to core concepts.

• Peer responses should include at least two (2) of the following components: Offering advice; posing a question; providing an alternative point-of-view; and acknowledging similar experiences.

• Peer responses should be supported by at least one reference • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

• Forum rubric is included in the forum section of the course

• More in-depth specific instructions for each forum can be found in the forum tab within the course.

• Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.

Students will be responsible for providing a peer response posting for at least two (2) of their peers’ postings, unless there are less than 3 students in the course, where only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.


Week 7: Outbreak Investigation. For this assignment, you will need to use Microsoft Excel or Open Office Spreadsheets. All students have access to Microsoft 365 through APUS. Please contact Tech Support for help in accessing Microsoft Excel. You will conduct an outbreak investigation using the information given to you in the assignment. You will need to make calculations in Excel and make a graph to include in your final report. Students will be required to complete a 7-page (minimum pages) final paper for this course. The final paper will require the student to select an infectious or chronic disease and provide a brief overview of the epidemiology of the disease. Since topics may vary, formatting will as well. Please see the Assignment tab for detailed instructions. All papers will require an abstract (no more than 150 words), and referencing/citations (you must reference at least 5 scholarly sources in your paper) in proper APA format (these items will not be included in required page total). Any graphs or charts provided must be included in an appendix (these items will not be included in required page total). Your selected topic must be approved by the instructor (via messaging) by the end of Week 4. Your paper will be due by the end of Week 7. An optional draft may be submitted in the assignment section during week 5 to receive feedback (it is not graded).

  • More in-depth specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.
  • Assignments submitted late without advance notice will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.

*PLAGIARISM: Your papers will go through TurnItIn plagiarism software. If you receive a high score in TurnItIn, it is likely that you have committed plagiarism whether intentional or not. Review this website to insure you do not commit plagiarism: You may rewrite and resubmit but it must be resubmitted before the due date.


There will be six (6) quizzes for this course. Each quiz consists of ten (10) multiple choice questions on material covered in your text and supplemental readings. The quizzes are untimed but are due by Sunday of the week they are assigned. You will find the quizzes in the Tests & Quizzes section of the classroom. You are allowed only one (1) submission so please only submit when you have completed the quiz.

Refer to the Lessons and Resources sections in the classroom for information about all readings in this course.

Each week’s Lesson contains all the material for the week.

For most weeks, course readings are a mix of professional sources (such as peer-reviewed journal articles and governmental publications) and “popular” sources, such as newspaper articles, professional magazine articles, and websites intended for the general public. All required course readings are freely downloadable from the course website or from other websites.

Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.