Descriptive Epidemiology 2018

Welcome to the module, Descriptive Epidemiology.

This module was designed to meet the growing need for an applied course in the measurement of a variety of health indicators and outcomes. Whether you manage a health programme, a health facility, or simply have to interpret health data in the course of your work, this module sets out to increase your capacity to deal with health and disease information. It aims to assist you in applying epidemiological knowledge and skills to a variety of Public Health problems.

Although the module also addresses many of the topics usually associated with the traditional approach to epidemiology, e.g. rates, screening, surveillance, causation, etc, it embraces a wider perspective on health measurement. It does this by addressing the social determinants of health as well as known biomedical features of community health. In addition, emphasis is placed on the application of epidemiological concepts and methods to solving Public Health problems.

The module is designed for self-study or flexible learning, which enables you to work through the course material at your own pace. Flexible learning also allows you to explore the material to whatever depth you prefer, and to skip over parts with which you are already familiar. This involves a variety of learning activities including reading, reflection, observation, analysis, research, calculation and application of theory and concepts to practice.

We hope that you will enjoy the module and find it useful in your own efforts to improve community health.

Module Registration Number: SPH731
First published 2010. This edition published in 2016
Writing Team: Debra Jackson, Neil Myburgh & Brian van Wyk.
Editor: Dawn Daniels
Acknowledgements: Lucy Alexander, Nandipha Matshanda, Ehi Igumbor, Johann Cailhol & Andre Hendrikse have all contributed in the development of this module guide. This module guide is based on the Measuring Health & Disease I module developed by Debra Jackson & Neil Myburgh.
Updates and revisions to original module 2015-2016: Lucia Knight
License: Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike License

Click below to download the different units of the module guide.

Descriptive Epi Module Introduction Final 2018
Descriptive Epi Unit 1 Final 2018
Descriptive Epi Unit 2 Final 2018
Descriptive Epi Unit 3 Final 2018

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