In the age of digital media, public health “news” is everywhere. How can we ensure its accuracy and the soundness of public health recommendations? How do we assess evidence to help inform effective interventions and policies? Answering these questions requires training in epidemiologic concepts and methods. Epidemiology, the basic science of public health, identifies the determinants and patterns of health in populations. By understanding the basics of rigorous study design, conduct and analysis, we can evaluate, interpret and communicate the validity and applicability of epidemiologic data.
This course was adapted from BU MET HC751 – Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Communicators.