CB 399: Public Health 101: Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases Summer 2014

Public Health 101: Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases

Curriculum Fellow: Zofia Gajdos, Zofia_Gajdos@hms.harvard.edu

Course Instructors: Dr. Catherine Kreatsoulas and Dr. Kjetil Bjornevik

Overview

Chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer are the leading causes of death, accounting for over 50% of deaths among adults of all ages, in the western world and are a rising cause of death among the developing world.  Cardiovascular deaths in the United States have declined by almost two-thirds in the past 50 years and despite this progress, it remains the leading cause of death among Americans.

Epidemiology is the study of how often diseases occur in different groups of people and why. From a public health perspective, information is used to plan and evaluate strategies to prevent illness and as a guide to the management of patients in whom the disease has already developed.  Important methodologic concepts described in this course will be centered around 1) descriptive epidemiology and 2) analytic approaches. Multiple interactive examples will be used to illustrate these concepts.

I:  Introduction

•      Brief overview of chronic diseases at a public, population and global health level

•      Understanding causes of chronic disease through epidemiologic research

•      Understanding the evidence for prevention and control through intervention research

II:  Descriptive Epidemiology

•      Surveillance methods

•      Measures of health, illness and disease (incidence, prevalence)

•      Longitudinal studies

III:  Analytic Approaches

•      Observational studies (cohort, case-control, cross-sectional)

•      Experimental studies (randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental designs)

IV:  Application in the Real World

•      Practice guidelines

•      Knowledge translation

•      Current challenges

Schedule:

First Session: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: FXB G13
 
Second Session: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: Kresge 202

 

DROP DEADLINE: Thursday, May 29, 2014

 

AUDITORS (Post-Docs, Faculty, or Staff) DO NOT NEED TO SIGN UP TO ATTEND THE 1st SESSION.  PLEASE DO NOT ENROLL