Course covers the basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and demonstrates how these can be applied to improve population health and reduce health inequities. Topics include: measuring the health of the population, understanding the causes of poor health, developing interventions for improving health, translating evidence into practice, and evaluating the impact of policies and programs. Key epidemiological concepts such as association, bias and confounding are covered, as well as the main epidemiological study designs.
Course is designed for doctoral students in their third year of a specialization in demography. One objective of the course is to examine critically how researchers tackle demographic research questions. A second related goal is to explore the construction of a dissertation and a research paper.