Department of Epidemiology

Mission and Objectives

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Mission of the UAB School Of Public Health

The mission of the School of Public Health is to lead in developing, disseminating and applying knowledge to prevent disease and promote health in the human population. Because of its inherent breadth, public health is comprised of many disciplines. Thus the school achieves its mission by bringing the various disciplines together to educate individuals who will be working to prevent disease and improve the health of the school's constituent populations. These individuals include experienced public health and other health professionals, undergraduates with educational backgrounds in the sciences, and persons from developing countries with health-related backgrounds. An implicit part of this mission is a commitment to increase and validate, through research and practice, the body of knowledge upon which the school's educational programs are necessarily based.


Goals of the Epidemiology Program

A major goal of the Epidemiology Program is to provide all students in the School of Public Health with an educational experience in epidemiology that is suited to their career objectives. A second major goal is to carry out research that contributes to the understanding of the causes of major diseases and the methods for their control. A third goal is to provide service to the state and region in joint efforts to study, prevent, and control disease and injury.

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Epidemiology Program Objectives

Graduates with a Masters degree (MPH or MSPH) in epidemiology are expected:

  1. To be able to describe the epidemiology of the most important diseases, injuries and causes of death in the U.S.
  2. To understand the principles of epidemiological study design and analysis.
  3. To recognize the circumstances in which specific designs are appropriate for an investigation, and to identify strategies to minimize and prevent bias in studies.
  4. To design data collection, entry and management procedures for epidemiological studies.
  5. To compute common epidemiological measures of disease occurrence and association, and to perform hypothesis testing and interval estimation on those measures.
  6. To understand published reports of epidemiological studies and to critically evaluate the data presented.
  7. To propose a methodologically sound study design for the evaluation of a new hypothesis. (MSPH program)
  8. To manage one or more components of a research project, including form design, database design and management, statistical analysis and report writing. (MSPH program)

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International Health and Global Studies Objectives

In addition to the Epidemiology Program Objectives listed above, graduates of the EPI/IHGS Program are expected:

  1. To analyze public health problems with special emphasis for work in international settings, including work in developing countries, resource poor conditions and multi-cultural settings.
  2. To plan, implement and evaluate programs appropriate for improving health conditions in international settings.
  3. To identify public health conditions, practices and issues involved in working in an international environment.
  4. To gain experience in solving public health problems through field placements in international settings.
  5. To understand the linkages between public health challenges in international settings and emerging global health concerns.

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