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Environmental Epidemiology


Securing safe water for human use in various daily activities and needs such as drinking, house holding, and hygiene is a requirement for public health and disease prevention. To ensure water safety, the quality must be effectively managed based on scientific evidence and best practices. This course is concerned with the environmental branch of epidemiology. It aims to introduce basic epidemiologic concepts within the framework of environmental health. Participants will learn to link external factors that affect the incidence, prevalence, and geographical range of health conditions. They will also illustrate how they are used to address public health problems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety
  2. Explain the general mechanisms of toxicity in eliciting a toxic response to various environmental exposures
  3. Discuss various risk management and risk communication approaches in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity
  4. Develop a testable model of environmental insult
  5. Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of epidemiologic data
  6. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data
  7. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports
  8. Bridge the connection between fundamentals of study design and principles in epidemiologic methods

Course Outline

Section 1: Basic Principles and General Practice

  1. Overview of the course
  2. Introduction: what does environmental epidemiology concern and what can environmental epidemiologists contribute to?
  3. Interpretation of epidemiologic findings
  4. Features and challenges in modern environmental epidemiology
  5. Essentials of epidemiologic design for environmental health research
  6. Exposure assessment in environmental epidemiology: general principles
  7. The use of biomarkers in environmental public health research and practice

Section 2: Special Methodological Topics in Environmental Epidemiology

  1. The use of case-crossover design
  2. Individual variability in sensitivity to environmental exposures and its implications for risk assessment
  3. The use of nested case-control design
  4. Time-series analyses and panel studies
  5. The use of directed acyclic diagrams
  6. The use of case-cohort design

Section 3: Selected Current Topics in Environmental Epidemiology

  1. Epigenetics and gene-environment interaction
  2. Susceptible populations in environmental epidemiology
  3. Environmental hazards and health disparities


Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.