Courses Catalogue

Public Health Viii [epidemiology]

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

The course that introduces the basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to public health problems. Emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Topics include the dynamic behavior of disease; usage of rates, ratios and proportions; methods of direct and indirect adjustment, and clinical life table which measures and describes the extent of disease problems.

Course Justification
A good knowledge of the application of epidemiology in clinical practice is very crucial in the current practice of Medicine. Medical students have to learn how disease patterns and spread in a population relate to clinical practice of Medicine. A good knowledge of the results of clinical epidemiological researches that have been conducted over the years will equip medical graduates with skills in proper diagnosis of health conditions in the population and in clinical practice. Furthermore, the right application of epidemiological knowledge such as the interaction between agent, host and environment would help in the control and prevention of disease in a population.

Course Aim
To provide students with sound epidemiological knowledge and skills necessary for the current practice of Medicine and interpretation of clinical epidemiological study data and results in order to control and prevent diseases and disease related conditions.

Course learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:
a)      Describe and apply the concepts of epidemiology and its role in the, identification and solving of health problems in the community.
b)      Apply the principles of epidemiology in medical practice and research.
c)      Apply statistical methods in epidemiology.