Lesson 1: Introduction to epidemiology

Learning objectives:

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of epidemiology in social work practice;
  • Discuss social epidemiology as a critical approach to studying disease and social conditions; and
  • Understand key terms and basic epidemiologic calculations.


            What is epidemiology?

            Applications of epidemiology

            Subfields in epidemiology

            Social epidemiology

            How can epidemiology be used in social work?

            Demographic terms used in epidemiology

            Sources of epidemiological data