Essentials of Epidemiology for Infection Prevention and Public Health Professionals

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Epidemiology – the study of the frequency, distribution, cause, and control of diseases in populations – forms the basis of all health-related studies. It provides the background for interventions to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases, reduce the number of healthcare-associated infections and protect the patients, healthcare professionals, and community.

Participants who successfully complete this course should be able to correctly:

  • Describe key features and applications of descriptive and analytic epidemiology.
  • Calculate and interpret ratios, proportions, incidence rates, mortality rates, and prevalence.
  • Calculate and interpret mean, median, mode, ranges, variance, standard deviation, and confidence interval.
  • Prepare and apply tables, graphs, and charts
  • Describe the processes, uses, and evaluation of public health & infection prevention surveillance.
  • Describe the steps of an outbreak investigation.
  • The epidemiologic approach, descriptive epidemiology, analytic epidemiology.
  • Chain of infection, epidemic disease occurrence
  • Types of Variables
  • Methods for Summarizing Data
  • Measures of Risk
  • Displaying Public Health and infection control Data (Tables and Graphs)
  • Identifying or Collecting Data for Surveillance, Analyzing, and Interpreting Data
  • Examples of Surveillance
  • Investigating an Outbreak

Learning options range from completely classroom-based courses to interactive online live programs.
Courses could be tailored to fit the needs and schedules of group participants.

  • Infection preventionist
  • Public health officials
  • Certified public health educators
  • All health professionals responsible for disease surveillance or investigation
  • Quality Managers
  • Nurses, physicians
  • Allied Health Professionals with experience in statistics and epidemiology


3 Days, 3 Hours/day, followed by practice test

Course Includes

  • Course materials (pdf)
  • Hands-on exercises
  • Self-Assessment and knowledge test
  • Final examination and feedback
  • Certificate of course completion