From Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the tool is a
"set of interactive web-based exercises" specifically designed to support a
Principles of Epidemiology course.
The set of ten interactive web-based modules presents the main
principles/concepts of epidemiology. The ten modules serve as homework for class
The learning tool includes the following components:
- Images/graphics, interactive maps, multiple choice examination questions
with feedback on part of the questions, open-ended questions for class
discussion, links to related materials, and the ten topic related modules.
- Learning modules:
- The first module introduces the learners to epidemiological thinking
and evaluation of cause & effect.
- The following two modules on infectious disease epidemiology focus
on an investigation of an epidemic of SARS.
- As further stated by the authors, the next four exercises
demonstrate how various other study designs can be used to search for
the cause of an outbreak of a mysterious new disease, Susser syndrome.
Exercises on bias and confounding show how these threats to the validity
of epidemiologic research were tackled in a real-life study carried out
by a faculty member.
- The final module introduces the concepts of screening & prevention.
- Extensive glossary of terms
The general learning goal is for the student to be able to accurately use
principles of epidemiology in the beginning role of an investigative intern at a
Department of Health. The authors are Lydia Zablotska, Daniel Herman, and Ian Lapp.