The Epidemiology for Public Health specialization is offered by Coursera in partnership with Imperial College London. It is a part of the Global Master of Public Health degree, but the course can be taken independently of the degree. This beginner-level course takes roughly one month to complete at a suggested 12 hours per week commitment and is taught entirely in English.
This specialization will develop skills that will enable you to conduct and assess epidemiological research. By the end of this specialization, you should be equipped with the skills required to design epidemiological research studies, interpret epidemiological research, and consider their limitations.
There are three courses in this specialization:
- Measuring Disease in Epidemiology
- Study Designs in Epidemiology
- Validity and Bias in Epidemiology
During these courses, you will learn about the primary measures used in epidemiological studies and how they inform decisions concerning public health policy, prevention, and screening. You will also learn about common study designs and their strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, the course will teach you about bias and confounding and their impact on study results. You will learn the key skills necessary to combat and control bias and confounding.
At the end of the course, you will have all of the tools and knowledge necessary to design and analyze epidemiological studies. The course is 100% online, so you can start as soon as you enroll and learn at your own pace. This is a beginner level course – a health sciences or quantitative methods background is useful, but not required, for success.