This online training provides an overview of epidemiology, key terms, and examines the role of epidemiologists in public health practice. It includes some case studies and a discussion of how epidemiological studies are related to public health issues.



After completing this module learners will be able to:

  • Describe the foundations of epidemiology and how it is applied in public health practice
  • Explain the origins of epidemiology
  • Define key terms used in epidemiology
  • Describe types of epidemiological studies
  • Outline the basic principles of data collection and analysis
  • Identify visual representations of epidemiological data


The core competencies for public health professionals are a consensus set of skills identified by the Council on Linkages (CoL) between academia and public health practice as being desirable for the delivery of the essential public health services. The CoL competencies identified for this course are:

Domain 6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills

Continuing Education Units

Please note that these trainings may offer different types of continuing education credits. This Learner Portal may not calculate the correct number of continuing education credits. Please refer to the Continuing Education Credits section of your course site after registration for the correct information.

This course is eligible for 0.1 CEUs or 1.0 contact hour(s) and 1.0 CPH re-certification credit. 

Contact & Questions

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Section Title
Introduction to Epidemiology
Online, self paced
Jan 04, 2024 to Jan 06, 2025
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
No Fee $0.00
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