Epidemiology and Biostatistics

COMM201 - Epidemiology & Biostatistics

COURSE SPECIFICATIONS
Course Title:                Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Code:                          COMM201.
Hours:                         Lec – 3 Hrs.        Lab-0 Hr.        Cln – 0Hr.        Cr. Hr. – 3.
Prerequisite:                None.
Level/Semester :          1st level – Fall
Department offering the course: Nutrition and Dietetics  – Faculty of Health sciences.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
General introduction to the science of epidemiology, biostatistics and distribution of diseases in a given population emphasizing on infectious disease epidemiology. In addition, the course will cover the statistical methods in assessing epidemiological distributions. Topics include research methods and design, descriptive statistics, performance characteristics of diagnostic tests, graphical methods, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, p-value, regression and correlation and clinical trials.  

COURSE AIM
The aim of this course is to introduce students to epidemiology and its tools, concept of disease occurrence and chain infection, the different types of epidemiological studies, measures of disease occurrence, general principles of prevention and control and advantages and disadvantages of epidemiological studies. The course will provide the student with the basic probabilistic and statistical concepts and methods used in health care practice. It emphasizes on understanding the importance of collecting data and using appropriate statistical methods in order to test hypotheses and conduct research. It allows the student also to recognize the strengths and limitations of basic statistical techniques.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS
Illustrated lecture
Class discussion
Analysis of data using statistical software packages.

LIST OF REFERENCES
Leon Gordis .Epidemiology, 4th edition, , Saunders, Elservier. Copyright 2009.
Marc M. Triola. Biostatistics for the Biological and Health sciences,  Pearson International Edition
Glover T, Mitchell K. An Introduction to Biostatistics, 2nd ed., Waveland Pr Inc, 2008,
W. Mendenhall. Mathematical Statistics with Applications.  , 7th ed., Duxbury, 2007.
Ray M. Mervill. Introduction to epidemiology, 5th edition, , Jones & Barlett Publishers. Copyright 2014
www.cdc.gov
www.WHO.gov
www.FAO.gov
www.epibiostat.ucsf.edu/biostat/sampsize.html.