NAME Environmental Epidemiology
COURSE STARTS Open Enrollment
COURSE ENDS 7 weeks to complete from date of registration
COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to provide an overview of environmental epidemiology and the principles and methods used in the investigation of human health effects associated with environmental exposures. Three common scenarios for the exposure-disease relationship are described as are study design approaches. Particular focus is given to the problems associated with disease cluster events, both in the investigation and interpretation of findings. Methodologic issues such as the calculation, interpretation and communication of risk measurements (relative risk and odds ratio) are covered. Exposure assessment in environmental settings is described and includes discussion of routes of exposure, environmental media, and measurement parameters such as concentration, duration and frequency. Choices and limitations of exposure assessment strategies are discussed with coverage of the possible effects of exposure misclassification upon interpretation of study findings.