Introduction to Public Health Epidemiology


    “Have you ever wondered how diseases like COVID-19 spread? Or what a zombie outbreak has to do with public health? Come learn to be a Disease Detective in this Athena’s course!”
    ~ Dr. Kim Carpiuc



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    DNA and spikey virus - Introduction to Public Health Epidemiology
    InstructorDr. Kim Carpiuc
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Course Length16 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnMondays, 12:00 - 12:50 PM Pacific - 8/12/24 - 12/13/24

    Come learn how to become a Disease Detective and explore the world public health! We’ll start with a historical background and introduction, then dive right into the specific field of Epidemiology.

    Here, we’ll study how diseases and other health outcomes are tracked and studied in our community. We’ll cover topics such as COVID-19, cholera, foodborne outbreaks, and so much more! By the end of this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the science behind disease transmission and prevention, as well as gain new problem-solving skills to become a Disease Detective and make a difference in your community.

    Are you ready to join the fight against diseases and other health outcomes? Come join us and let’s get started!

    Note to Parents:

    This class will likely reference fictional scenarios of zombie outbreaks. As they are a common theme in population culture, they can also be used as a way to teach important epidemiological concepts. If you have a student that is averse to such themes, please reach out to me.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • A forum in which students can reflect and talk about the week’s material
    • A selection of curated resources, including readings, websites, and videos to supplement the student’s weekly learning
    • A “check your knowledge” assignment

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Additional curated resources, including readings, websites, videos, and interactive activities to excite learners and add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
    • An activity at the end of the webinar.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 6th-grade level or above
    • Write a few sentences independently
    • Understand basic algebraic concepts (rates, proportions, and ratios) and statistics (mean, median)
    • Understand basic biological concepts in order to comprehend what are pathogens, infections, disease, etc.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Participate in weekly webinar discussions and/or activities
    • Ask questions and embrace mistakes – that’s how we learn!
    • Provide positive and encouraging comments in the classroom forums

    Required books & materials:

    • There are no required books or materials. All necessary information will be provided.