Epidemiology and Public Health

The Covid pandemic brought this science to forefront of local, national and international responses to the Covid-19 pandemic . This modular programme was been designed to build knowledge and started with an introduction to Epidemiology and ended with its application in practice.

An introduction to Epidemiology 

A short course from Dr Hannah Jordan, Lecturer in Public Health for the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)

Aims and Objectives

  • Define epidemiology and describe the role of epidemiology in public health
  • Explain the role of populations, samples and individuals in quantitative epidemiological research

Study designs

  • Compare strengths and weaknesses of common epidemiological study designs

Interpreting epidemiology

  • Interpret the effect of bias, confounding and chance on causal inference in epidemiology
  • Interpret basic measures of disease frequency and measures of association and impact
  • Distinguish between ideas of association and causation
  • Begin to critically evaluate epidemiological findings from published research

Recording: https://youtu.be/NJpBo-2s1B4 

Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases 

A short course from Prof Andrew Lee, Professor of Public Health for the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)


  • To gain an understanding of broad principles of the use of epidemiology within communicable disease control

Learning Outcomes:

  • An understanding of the causes, distribution, natural history, clinical presentation of key local and international infectious diseases
  • An understanding of the common epidemiological terms and concepts
  • An understanding why effective use and interpretation of surveillance data is so critical to communicable disease control
  • An awareness of the epidemiological skills in analysing infectious disease data and formulating appropriate control interventions

An awareness of the different approaches to surveillance and their limitations

Recording: https://youtu.be/IOHy7oKKs7g 

Communicating Epidemiology in Practice 

Dr Kev Smith, Deputy Director of Healthcare Public Health/Regional Director Public Health Commissioning reflects on the importance of Epidemiology and how this was used in response to Covid-19

The pandemic has thrust epidemiologists and epidemiological models into the policy and media spotlight like never before. In a world that relies on certainties, communication can often be a challenge within models of probabilistic forecasts from best to worst cases scenarios. This session will reflect on the challenges of communicating complex epidemiology in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment to public health professionals, policy makers and the public.

Recording: https://youtu.be/U97GnQ1I30U

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