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CONTENTS 
Course Title 
Biostatistics and Epidemiology 

Code 
Code: EPID 102 

Duration 
Theory  (1 hour / week)  Total = (15 hours / semester). 
Level 
Second 
Teaching Staff Required 
Physician with Public Health Qualification. 
Objectives 
By the end of this course the students should be able to:
1. Identify the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics and epidemiology.
2. Collect, present, analyze, and interpret basic measures of disease frequency.
3. Understand the principles of disease prevention and control. 
Main Teaching Strategies 
1. Main teaching methods:
Modified lectures, group discussion, written assignment.
2. Main teaching aids:
Data show, overhead projector, slide projector. 
Methods of Assessment 
Participation, Attendance, Quizzes, Midterm Exam, Final Exam. 
References 
1. Park, K. (1997). extbook of Preventive and Social Medicine.
2. Wallace, RB. (1998). Maxcy Rosenau Last Public Health & Preventive Medicine. Fourteenth Edition.
3. Petrie, SA., Sabin,C. (2001). Medical Statistics at a Glance. First Edition.
4. Mausner and Kramer. (2002). EpidemiologyAn Introductory Text. 

Units 
Contents 
Hours 

Unit 1 
INTRODUCTION:
1. Definition of terms in:
1.1. Biostatistics
1.2. Epidemiology
2. Uses and applications
3. Types and sources of health data 
1 hour 

Unit 2 
1. Measures of central tendency:
1.1. Arithmetic mean
1.2. Mode
1.3. Median
2. Measures of dispersion:
2.1. Range
2.2. Standard deviation 
2 hours 

Unit 3 
1. Presentation of statistical data:
1.1. Frequency tables
1.2. Graphs
1.3. Charts 
1 hour 

Unit 4

1. Measures of morbidity frequency:
1.1. Prevalence rate
1.2. Incidence rate
1.3. Attack rate
2. Measures of mortality frequency:
2.1. Crude mortality rates
2.2. Specific mortality rates 
2 hours

Unit 5 
1. Epidemiological concept of health and disease:
1.1. Health and disease
1.2. Natural history of the disease
1.3. Epidemiological forms of disease occurrence 
2 hours 

Unit 6 
1. Multiple causation of the disease
2. Epidemiological Triad (agent  host  environment) 
1 hour 

Unit 7

1. Population and sampling methods
2. Epidemiological studies:
2.1. Descriptive
2.2. Analytical
2.3. Intervention 
2 hours 

Unit 8 
1. Epidemiological aspects of communicable disease:
1.1. Definition of terms in communicable disease
1.2. Methods of transmission of communicable diseases
2. Epidemiological aspects of noncommunicable diseases 
2 hours 

Unit 9 
1. Principles of prevention and control :
1.1. Levels of prevention: Primary – Secondary – Tertiary
1.2. Prevention & control of communicable diseases
1.3. Prevention & control of noncommunicable diseases 
1 hour 

Unit 10 
1. Screening tests in health and diseases:
1.1. Sensitivity
1.2. Specificity 
1 hour 






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