Teaching Epidemiology at the Undergraduate Level: Considerations and Approaches

Emily Goldmann, James H. Stark, Farzana Kapadia, Matthew B. McQueen

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The rapid growth in undergraduate public health education has offered training in epidemiology to an increasing number of undergraduate students. Epidemiology courses introduce undergraduate students to a population health perspective and provide opportunities for these students to build essential skills and competencies such as ethical reasoning, teamwork, comprehension of scientific methods, critical thinking, quantitative and information literacy, ability to analyze public health information, and effective writing and oral communication. Taking a varied approach and incorporating active learning and assessment strategies can help engage students in the material, improve comprehension of key concepts, and further develop key competencies. In this commentary, we present examples of how epidemiology may be taught in the undergraduate setting. Evaluation of these approaches and others would be a valuable next step.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1143-1148
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Epidemiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • epidemiology
  • teaching
  • undergraduate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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