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.

Outline:

            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