147591 Epidemiology 101: Recommendations of the Consensus Conference on Undergraduate Public Health Education

Monday, November 5, 2007: 3:10 PM

Richard K. Riegelman, MD, PhD , Professor and Founding Dean, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Washington, DC
The Epidemiology 101 report of the Consensus Conference on Undergraduate Public Health Education was developed by faculty from Schools of public health, Programs in public health and faculty from colleges and universities without Schools or Programs in public health. The report recommends that all colleges and universities offer epidemiology 101 taught as part of general education. Epidemiology may be taught as a way of thinking that satisfies a science distribution requirement. Epidemiology 101 may be an elective for a variety of majors. Learning outcomes were defined for basic and advance courses. These include the ability to describe the historical roots of epidemiologic thinking and their contribution to the evolution of the scientific method as well as the ability to critique epidemiologic research in terms of key ethical principles. A curriculum framework for epidemiology 101 was presented including six components: history, philosophy and used of epidemiology; descriptive epidemiology; association and causation; analytical epidemiology; evidence-based public health; and applications to policy, clinical and basic sciences. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the College Board have supported the development of the Young Epidemiology Scholars Program that includes the development of high quality materials that may be useful in teaching undergraduate epidemiology from a liberal education perspective. These have been included in the report and integrated into the epidemiology 101 curriculum framework. Epidemiology 101 should be taught without prerequisites; should be taught from a conceptual rather than a technical perspective; and should use a range of illustrative examples not limited to health and medicine.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss how epidemiology can be structured as a way of thinking as part of general and liberal education 2. Evaluate strategies and approaches to teaching introduction to epidemiology as part of general and liberal education 3. Evaluation the proposed learning outcomes for epidemiology 101 and a curriculum framework that may be used to fulfill these learning outcomes.

Keywords: Public Health Education, Workforce

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