Core Course 2: Methods and Measures

Credit Hours: 2

Course Overview

This course is one of three 2-credit courses students take in the fall of their first year in the MPH program.

This course introduces epidemiologic concepts and how to describe population patterns of health, inequities and their determinants. You will focus on what to measure, how to measure it, whom to measure it in and how to do so in ways that minimize bias. Assignments in the course will be designed for collaborative and active learning. Case studies, lab discussion and team projects will promote critical thinking and use of evidence-based reasoning.

We frame MPH core concept integration as students applying concepts from multiple courses to a public health practice-related task. In the fall semester, the public health practice-related task is a comprehensive white paper describing a public health problem. Three assignments in this course will allow you to apply epidemiologic concepts to your team project.

Learning Objectives

  • List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. or other community relevant to the school or program.  
  • Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.


  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.  
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.  
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.


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