Basics of Epidemiology

About the Training

10/15, 10/22, 10/29/20

12:30-4:30pm (MST) each day

3-Part Online Webinar Series

Cost: Free

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The Basics of Epidemiology workshop will cover principles of Epidemiology that can be used in an applied setting by local, tribal, and state health workers. The workshop will begin by covering basic definitions of epidemiological terminology and progress to more advanced and applied topics throughout the training: sourcing, working with, and understanding public health data; designing surveys/questionnaires; understanding the strengths, weaknesses, and application of different study designs; understanding the role of bias in interpreting and assessing causality in public health research.

Learning Objectives:

  • List and define basic epidemiologic vocabulary/terminology.
  • Describe at least two sources for obtaining public health data in Montana and practice obtaining public health data points.
  • Create an epi curve and summarize information from the epi curve to describe the trend, magnitude of outbreak, and pattern of spread.
  • Interpret basic public health statistics.
  • Identify weaknesses and biases in survey questions and use that knowledge to develop effective survey questions.
  • List, define, identify, and give examples of the basic types of study designs used in epidemiologic research.
  • Verbally define and differentiate between precision and validity.
  • List, define, identify, and give examples of the basic types of bias.
  • Explain the difference between correlation/causation and identify each through examples.

Trainer Information

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Ethan Walker

Ethan Walker is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Montana studying the health effects of air pollution. He received a PhD in Environmental Health with a specialization in Epidemiology from Colorado State University in 2019. His doctoral research focused on the health effects of biomass cookstoves used in lower- and middle-income countries. Previously, Ethan graduated from the University of Kansas School of Nursing (BSN, 2010) and worked as a Registered Nurse before attending the Colorado School of Public Health (MPH, 2017).

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Xanna Burg

Xanna Burg is the KIDS COUNT Coordinator for Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota where she tracks data on children’s well-being. Xanna has previous experience leading community research projects and as an Epidemiologist for the Colorado WIC program. Xanna has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.