Approved by Faculty Senate.
HHP 403: Epidemiology
Department of Health & Human Performance
This course satisfies the Mathematics/Statistics Flag requirement
of University Studies
Instructor Professor C. Mettille
Course applies to: Required course for all students majoring in School and Community Health Education - Nonteaching & Public Administration options; required for all students majoring in Exercise Science - Worksite Health Promotion, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Athletic Training Options. (3 SH) Prerequisites: Statistics 110; HHP 204,288; BIOL 211, 212.
Outcomes: This course includes requirements and learning activities that promote students abilities to: (identified below in the syllabus)
Course Description: Distribution and patterns of disease including cardiovascular disease, cancer, musculoskeletal disorders, severe trauma or psychological conditions within populations; an examination of the nature of epidemiological research. Prerequisites: STAT 110. Offered each semester. Grade only.
Required Texts* Valanis, B. (1999). Epidemiology in Health Care (3rd
Rationale for the Course
Health and Human Performance professionals need to understand epidemiology as a process and product in order to apply primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies in their professional roles.
American Association of Health Education (AAHE) and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Standards - Responsibilities for Entry Level Health Educators addressed in this course:
II. Planning effective health education programs
III. Implementing health education programs
IV. Evaluating effectiveness of health education programs
V. Coordinating provision of health education services
Athletic Training Competencies:
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course each student will:
1. Gain a perspective on the historical foundations of epidemiology (1)
4. Acquire knowledge of and use appropriate vital statistics, mathematical
models, statistical methods and graphics in epidemiological research (1,2)
6. Analyze and interpret epidemiologic studies detailed in professional journals (2)
2. Literature Critiques: (2)
b. Must be done in APA style, two-three pages maximum, double-spaced.
3. Written Research Project / Presentation (1,2)
4. In-class Assignments/Cooperative Learning In a group dynamic, students will work on analyzing various epidemiological information / research. (1,2)
Attendance is an important part of a comprehensive course experience such as this one. For that reason, points will be provided for attendance. Five bonus points are awarded for perfect attendance, three points deducted for each absence. Attendance sheets only may be signed during the appropriate class session - remember: it is your responsibility to sign them each time you are present.
Exams (2x50) 100pts (1,2Literature Critiques (2x25) 50pts (2)
Research paper 60pts (1)
Presentation 40pts (1,2)
Class Activities 50pts (1,2)
A = 90%-100% 300pts-270pts
B = 89%-80% 269pts-240pts
C = 79%-70% 239pts-210pts
D = 69%-60% 209pts-180pts
F = below 60% below 180pts
Unit I: Introduction to Epidemiology
Terms and concepts
Models and Theories
Unit II: Epidemiology Methods
Infectious and non-infectious diseases
SAS-JMP and other statistical packages
Unit III: Applications of Epidemiology
Disease control and surveillance
Health planning and evaluation