Epidemiology focuses on the study of the distribution and determinants of health in populations and communities. It is the scientific foundation of public health research and practice including program evaluation. The discipline also contributes to public health practice and policy, and research in other health related fields. This sequence of two epidemiology courses is designed to train public health professionals to apply the principles and methods of epidemiological investigation in a broad range of settings.
This course has been designed in order to provide the students with a clear understanding of the basic principles of Epidemiology. This three-month long course will enable the students to plan for a suitable study design in order to answer an appropriate research question. Moreover, they will get the preliminary idea on how to use appropriate epidemiological tools to explain findings from epidemiologic research. Epidemiology-I will build the foundation of the students, based on which they will learn advanced tools of Epidemiology in Epidemiology-II course.
It is the student’s responsibility to attend the class. Regular class attendance is mandatory. Grades allocated for class attendance and participation will be proportionately taken off due to missed classes. According to IUB policy, students must enter the classroom within the first 15 minutes of the class to get the attendance submitted.
The date and syllabus of class assignment, midterm and final exam is already given here, however, announcements will bemade ahead of time. There is NO provision for make-up exams except emergency.
The class materials for each class will be given prior to that class so that student may have a cursory look into the materials. Course will be uploaded in the IUB Course Management and Operating System (CMOS) website ahead of the class.
Students may take tutorials with the instructor during the office hours. Prior appointment is required.
Students must maintain the IUB code of conduct and ethical guidelines offered by the school of Public Health.
Plagiarism – that is, the presentation of another person’s thoughts or words as student’s own without appropriate acknowledgement–must be strictly avoided. Cheating and plagiarism on exam and assignments are unacceptable.
Awarding of Incomplete or ‘I’ grades should be strongly discouraged. ‘I’ will only be allowed for students who have a valid reason (ascertained by the senior management). In situations where the student is unable to complete the course due to unanticipated illness or family emergency and has not attended at least 75% of the classes held, he/she will be asked to withdraw from that course and repeat it. In unavoidable circumstances where students have completed 75% of the classes but are unable to continue (due to illness or family emergency), incomplete grade of ‘I’ may be granted. Incomplete course has to be completed by the end of the next semester, otherwise grade ‘I’ automatically becomes grade ‘F’. The student is not required to register for the course in the next semester.
A ‘W’ grade means withdrawal. A student may decide to withdraw from a course by the University wide deadline. Students must apply to the Program Office for withdrawal from a course with the permission of the concerned course instructor, Academic Advisor, and the Dean. Withdrawal from only one course in a semester is allowed but the students should provide valid reason along with documents while applying for the withdrawal.
A student can misses a maximum of 8 classes for a particular
course. After that the course will be automatically withdrawn. A student
automatically withdrawn from a course will NOT be allowed to UNDO it under any
Change of grade is strongly discouraged. However, an instructor may request a change of grade when a computational or procedural error occurred in the original assignment of a grade. Instructor must submit the ‘Grade Change Form’ to the respective program office within one month of submitting the final grade rolls. A Grade change has to be requested within 1 month of the day of publishing the grades.