This module introduces the concepts underlying epidemiology and the main methods employed by the discipline. On completing the module students should have a good grasp of why epidemiology underpins much of the effort of those charged with promoting the health of populations and for providing services to meet health related needs. Also, students should be beginning to approach published material based on epidemiological methods more critically.
Epidemiological concepts and methods are drawn upon in the other modules of the Peoples-uni course. Understanding these is essential to getting the best out of the other course units. Thus, if you are not acquainted with some epidemiology from elsewhere you should consider doing this module (and maybe Biostatistics) early on in your association with the Peoples-uni.