What is Epidemiology in Public Health

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Have you ever wondered what epidemiologists do? This narrated, 45-minute module offers an overview of the purposes and uses of epidemiology in public health practice. It introduces concepts that are described more fully in our other online modules on epidemiology, and is a good place to start if you plan to take the whole series.

This course is co-provided by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) and Continuing Nursing Education (UWCNE) at the University of Washington.

Target Audience

Public health professionals who are unfamiliar with epidemiology.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be better able to:

  • Understand and describe the essential components of the definition of the science of epidemiology
  • Recognize and explain the core basic epidemiological concepts, principles, and terms
  • List and define or describe six commonly occurring examples of the use of the methods and techniques of epidemiology in the field of contemporary public health practice

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 0.75 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Victoria Holt, RN, MPH, PhD
Faculty, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle; Faculty, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle

Available Credit

  • 0.75 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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