BIOL 232 Epidemiology
This course will study the cause and transmission of human diseases within a population relating not only to the infectious agent but also the genetic makeup of the community and the social, behavioral, economic and cultural factors of the people affected. Lectures will address the history of public health and epidemiology including cost/benefit analyses, public health policy, and the implications of case reporting to the CDC and local public health departments. The basic principles of the science of epidemiology, with an emphasis on identifying patterns and formulating testable hypotheses to the disease outcome, understanding the types of epidemiological studies, clinical and community trials and the essential biostatistics involved in any experimental design will be addressed. Does not count for major or minor credit in biology.