According to the CDC, epidemiology is generally defined as the study of occurrences and causes of health effects in humans. Specifically, it is the study of distribution and determinants of health problems in a specific population and using the knowledge to control the health problems. Often, epidemiology will describe the disease and determinants before the cause(s) have been isolated. It is a pillar in the public health world, calling upon a number of disciplines, such as biology, GIS and the social sciences, to help isolate the cause(s).
- Epidemiology Glossary from the University of Washington – Glossary from the University of Washington’s Department of Medicine.
- Epidemiology Overview and Research from Science Boot Camp ( Video, 2011) – Dr. Michael Kneeland of UMass Medical School discusses the fundamentals of epidemiology, followed by Dr. Joel Tickner of UMass Lowell on epidemiological environmental health research. Presented at the 2011 Science Boot Camp for Librarians session on epidemiology. Length of video is 2 hours, 57 minutes.
- Epidemiology for the Uninitiated, Fourth Edition – Introduction to epidemiology provided by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
- EXCITE! – A collection of public health teaching and reference resources developed by the CDC and targeted at grades 1-12. It provides simple terminology outlining key concepts and methodology.
- Fundamentals of Epidemiology I, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPHOpenCourseware)
- Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health – A frequently updated repository of lectures on epidemiology and organized by subject matter, latest lecture uploaded/updated and lecturers. Created by WHO Collaborating Center University of Pittsburgh.
- Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Third Edition - This is an online self study course/textbook produced by the CDC.
- Introduction to Epidemiology - This online learning material is part of the Public Health 101 Series by the CDC. This resource provides an overview of epidemiology research, methods, and data collection.
- Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health - This is a 6 week online course on Coursera which is offered at different time periods. Instructors are from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.