Epidemiology

Teaching and Resources

Excellence in Curriculum Integration through Teaching Epidemiology (EXCITE): The resource library was designed to teach principles and methods of epidemiology, the use of epidemiological approaches to real-life problem solving issues and to illustrate the role of disease detectives (epidemiologists, physicians, statisticians, etc.) in detecting, controlling, and preventing community health problems. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created EXCITE to target pre-university students, it is being used by graduate and medical schools as a resource for teaching. Causes and prevention of disease and injury is the focus along with improving research and analytic skills.
http://www.cdc.gov/excite/

Studying Populations: Over 80 interactive exercises and simulations are provided in this computer assisted learning package for basic epidemiological methods. It was designed to help medical and masters students to understand methodological aspects not easily conveyed by the written word. 
http://medicine.dundee.ac.uk/studying-populations-epilex

Diseases on the rise and fall: Here’s an article in The Telegraph that talks about lifestyle diseases that are on the rise while traditional killers such as cancer and heart disease decline.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7541872/Lifestyle-diseases-on-the-rise-as-traditional-killers-cancer-and-heart-disease-decline.html

The Telegraph: also hosts an article about how there is a rise in diseases spread from animals to humans.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6930130/Scientists-warn-of-rise-in-diseases-spread-from-animals-to-humans.html

Diseases on the rise: Institute President Harvey Fineberg, former provost at Harvard and former dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, highlights the growing problem of chronic disease in developing nations.
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/11/the-rise-of-chronic-disease/

A good review: of biostatics from a course at University of Massachusetts.
http://courses.umass.edu/biep640w/webpages/be540review.htm

Health care disparity: The National Healthcare Disparities Report as listed by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
http://archive.ahrq.gov/qual/qrdr07.htm

Eliminating Health Disparities: Describes activities of the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association Commission to End Health Care Disparities.
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/public-health/eliminating-health-disparities.page

Common diseases in Michigan: Michigan.gov lists common diseases in the state and has a weekly disease surveillance report.
http://www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,1607,7-186-35030---,00.html

How to critically review journal articles: Here is an article from Primary Care Clinics in Practice on how to critically evaluate an article.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0095454306000807

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Sample Teaching Materials

MSU Epidemiology BioStatistics Course: Key concepts and vocabulary associated with Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-based Medicine is the focus of Michigan State Universitys course.
http://learn.chm.msu.edu/epi/content/epi_1.htm

Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology: The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health course Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology is an example of course design, course schedule, lectures notes and discussions of lectures provided on-line. Discussions can be found at the schedule site under activities.
http://ocw.jhsph.edu/index.cfm/go/viewCourse/course/ReproductivePerinatal/coursePage/index/

Open Course Epidemiologic Statistics for Public Health (OpenEpi): OpenEpi provides statistics and links to other useful sites.
This URL opens to the Introduction to OpenEpi, Version 3.0.1, August 2014.
http://www.openepi.com/Menu/OE_Menu.htm

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Michigan State University's Dermatology & Cutaneous Sciences Resources

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics:
http://www.epi.msu.edu/

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