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Examples for teaching and discussion
About public health
For young people
Featured web sites
and FAQ under
introductory course for non-majors
Social justice and equality - in search of John Cassel's epidemiology (seminar course co-taught with Bill Jenkins; includes a "virtual library")
Special treats (for me):
My retirement party, November 1, 2018 (remarks, including my personal story)
Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the American College of Epidemiology, September 19, 2018, in Cincinnati OH. (award presentation and acceptance remarks)
Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the American Public Health Association Epidemiology Section, October 31, 2016, in Denver CO. (award presentation and acceptance)
Coming / recent broadcasts
“This is U.S.: Dissent, Denial, and the Health of Populations”
27th National Health Equity Research Webcast, Friday, September 17, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM ET (Live, interactive webinar via Zoom)
“Body & Soul: The Past, Present and Future of Health Activism”
42nd annual Minority Health Conference from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Minority Student Caucus, including the 23rd annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture. The Conference was held online February 25-26, 2021 (Program, Minority Health Conference trailer)
“Truth to Power: Building Solidarity for Health and Democracy”
26th National Health Equity Research Webcast, Friday September 11, 2020, 2:00pm-3:30pm ET (Live, interactive webinar via Zoom)
“Truth to Power: Exercising Political Voice to Achieve Health Equity”
41st annual Minority Health Conference from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Minority Student Caucus, with a broadcast of the 22nd annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture, February 28, 2020 (info, Minority Health Conference trailer)
25th National Health Equity Research Webcast, Recorded September 13, 2019 (webcast)
Information and recordings from recent Annual Minority Health Conferences
from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Minority Student Caucus (link, Minority Health Conference trailer)
Information and recordings from recent National Health Equity Research Webcasts
from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (link, archival website)
Recorded presentations of my current thinking, including:
“Why havenít compelling epidemiologic data eliminated health disparities?”, first part presented
in the Social Epidemiology Seminar, UNC Department of Epidemiology, September 20, 2017;
second part presented at the American College of Epidemiology Minority Affairs Committee Workshop, September 23, 2017, New Orleans LA
“Epidemiology, equity, economics, evolution, and enlightenment”,
presentation in the Social Epidemiology Seminar, UNC Department of Epidemiology, August 24, 2016
“Translating Epidemiologic Findings into Action to Eliminate Disparities”
Research seminar at Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences, recorded May 24, 2013 (seminar / slides)
Archived webcasts on health equity from the National Health Equity Research Webcast
and the Annual Minority Health Conference
All recorded presentations from these events
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Dr. John Hagelin. "Quantum Physics and Consciousness:
The Ultimate Theory of Everything,"
Enlightenment: The Transcendental Meditation Magazine
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During fall 2018, UNC decommissioned its AFS web servers, so I decided to transfer my three AFS websites to epidemiolog.net. These websites are:
I am still maintaining and expanding my virtual library on social justice and equality in Sakai. You can still find the epidemiolog.net homepage and materials from before this change on "epidemiolog.net Classic".
(Other materials by this author can
be found at the
EPID600 course website and
within the EPID 168 historical site.)
Other on-line textbooks, courses, and resources
- UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health [historical] EPID600 - Introduction to Epidemiology for Public Health, including lecture slides and recordings from 2011-2017.
- 7/2021Foundations of Epidemiology, by Marit L. Bovbjerg, is an open access, introductory epidemiology text intended for students and practitioners in public or allied health fields.
- 7/2013 Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health, a Coursera course by Karin Yeatts and Lorraine Alexander. (Basic) Introductory video.
- 10/2014 teachepi.org - A website for teaching and learning epidemiology, by Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, McGill University. Professor Pai has created a rich resource of Powerpoint slides (with excellent diagrams), handouts, calculators, and other materials for an intermediate-level introductory course and courses on meta-analysis, TB, and other topics
- ActivEPI - a complete online epidemiology course by legendary epidemiology author and teacher David G. Kleinbaum and colleagues. ActivEPI includes ActivEPI web, an interactive website with video and animated narrated instructional expositions, interactive study questions, quizzes, and homework exercises, and also a free electronic text (English and Spanish ActivEpi Español), CD, and other resources.
- A short introduction to epidemiology, 2nd ed, by Neil Pearce.
for the uninitiated (a succinct presentation)
- Basic epidemiology 2nd ed., R Bonita, R Beaglehole, T Kjellström, WHO, 2006
- Epiville, a learning tool developed specifically for Principles of Epidemiology (P6400) at Columbia University
- Fundamentals of Epidemiology I from JHSPH OpenCourseWare, JHSPH epidemiology case studies in WikiEducator,
- Teach Epidemiology has resources for epidemiology teachers (and learners). (related site:
Epidemiology Education Movement)
- Slides from Sandro Galea's introductory epidemiology course at the University of Michigan (EPID 600)
- Eyal Shahar home page has a link to a draft textbook as well as writings on methodology, commentaries, and other resources including inspirational quotations!
- Epidemiology at Tuskegee University resources from the College of Veterinary Medicine Nursing & Allied Health (infectious disease orientation)
- North Carolina Epi Teams Training Curriculum has individual and group activities that Epi Teams can use to develop skills in disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, and communication (from the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health)
- 5/2015 Statulator, free on-line statistical calculator that conducts statistical analyses, interprets the results, and makes suggestions for presenting them.
- 4/2012 OpenIntro Statistics
- 4/2012 Online Statistics Education: An Interacative Multimedia Course of Study developed by Rice University, University of Houston, and Tufts University (version 2 is also available)
- Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics, including HyperStat Online Textbook, by David M. Lane
and applications of inferential statistics, by Richard
(with exercises), by B. Gerstman and Marg Innovera
analysis with Epi Info (with exercises), by B. Gerstman
- Improving Medical Statistics and the Interpretation of Medical Studies,
by Eric Roehm, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Featured in NetWatch, Science 6 May 2005;308:769)
- 4/2010 The Little Handbook of Statistical Practice, by Gerard E. Dallal, Ph.D.
SurfStat.australia: an online text in introductory statistics [Review]
Easton and John McColl, David
(Relatively) new postings
- 7/15 Social Justice and Equality materials for my new seminar course plus a "library of resources" with links to articles and multimedia recordings on underlying determinants of public health, social justice, and human behavior.
- 7/09 HealthMap uses online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats.
- 7/09 EPI 418 Rapid Epidemiological Surveys in Developing Countries is a course created by Professor Emeritus Ralph R. Frerichs at UCLA that covers the need for rapid surveys, sampling theories, rapid two-stage cluster surveys, fieldwork, data analysis, and reporting.
Open Source Statistics for Public Health has on-line and downloadable
free statistical calculators for epidemiology, with documentation,
plus a huge number of links to free statistics/epidemiology-related
software. (The site was updated in 2009.)
Frank Harrell's SAS macros: SAS macros and data step programs useful in survival
analysis and logistic regression. Includes several
macros for fitting spline functions.
NOTE: These macros are unsupported.
Author: Frank E Harrell, Jr
AuthorAID provides researchers in developing countries with a community space for discussion, questions, and advice; best practices in writing and publication, training workshops on scientific writing, networking opportunities, and personal mentoring.
HINARI Access to Research Initiative is a WHO initiative to enable developing country researchers to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature.
Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels. Take a look at their global data visualizations.
AskSphere (Southeast Public Health Educational Resource for Enhancement) has various public health training resources, including epidemiology.
To Slay the Devouring Monster Exhibit on the smallpox vaccination experiments and campaign of Benjamin Waterhouse during the early 19th century. Waterhouse’s first attempts employed smallpox virus itself. (See short article in Harvard Magazine.)
is a new initiative to improve reporting of observational studies. It represents a major
collaboration of epidemiologists, statisticians, and editors. The 22-item STROBE checklist and
a comprehensive explanation and elaboration document are being published in 10/2007
as free access articles on in 10/2007 in Annals of Internal Medicine, Epidemiology,
and PLoS Medicine among others.
Epidemiology Education Movement
has information about a grass-roots effort to promote the teaching of epidemiology to middle school and high school students.
of epidemiology site maintained by Alfredo Morabia (includes
articles from volumes 46 and 47 of the Journal of Social and
Preventive Medicine and other information
Epidemiology is a collaborative project to create a suite
of free, open source software tools for epidemiology and public
War: Stopping Pellagra in the South. NPR's Mike Pesca speaks
with Alan Kraut, author of Goldbergers War: The life
and work of a public health crusader. (broadcast 10/2/2003)
Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness Training Site
has an extensive collection of links to free, on-line training
resources, including audio tutorials (narrated
slide presentations) for selected lectures in EPID160/EPID600, the
course that I now teach The Center has a new periodical
on Field Epidemiology [Enfoque
en EpidemiologŪa de Campo] with a hands-on, practical
approach to various topics in field epidemiology. (July 2004 issue:
York New Jersey Public Health Training Center has an interactive
orientation to public health
and health: an introduction to epidemiology, by Ian Rockett
freeware program for epidemiologic data entry
Populations: computer assisted learning package for basic
OpenourseWare Initiative, list
statistics - tools of the trade, concepts, formulas, and interpretation
of the range of commonly published vital statistics and related
statistical concepts (from the Pennsylvania State Health Department).
Health Code of Ethics (9/30/2001)
Today - Every epidemiologist needs a place to call her
own - very witty! (9/20/2001)
study of a major program of epidemiologic investigation: Atherosclerosis
Research in Communities (includes data collection protocols,
manuscript proposal forms, . . .) (9/30/2001)
About epidemiology and public health, including resources for young people
Featured web sites relevant to epidemiology
… and statistics
Statistics through Activities
about a dozen puzzles, demonstrations, and simulations,
designed by Engin A. Sungur, to teach basic statistical concepts.
My favorite is To switch or not to switch
Statistics Pages over 300 web pages that explain and
perform statistical calculations
- Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics - simulations,
demonstrations, case studies, exercises, source code for Java
the Visual Statistics System - freeware (Windows, Mac, Unix)
for dynamic, interactive statistical visualizations; site has
lecture notes, applets, access to source code
- statistical calculators, demonstrations, textbook - featured
- NCHS research:
health statistics, Pennsylvania State University
Other epidemiology information resources
- Several key sites for population, demography, reproductive health, and other health information, literature, and data: Population
Reference Bureau, Population
Index, Popline, FastStats
refresher on ratios and proportions, algebraic expressions,
exponents, and logarithms some basics from the University
- Math Forum for help with all kinds of math - don't miss Ask
- More resources for math and writing skills
Other work by this author
- My current introductory course, Principles of epidemiology for public health (EPID600) (taught fall 2001 - spring 2013 and online summer 2002 through the present)
- Spring seminar course (2014-2017), Social justice and equality - in search of John Cassel's epidemiology. Co-taught with Bill Jenkins
- Evolving history of the UNC Department of Epidemiology, link
SPH Minority Health Project, featuring interactive Internet broadcasts, archived presentations and webcasts, reports, links to organizations, and other resources relevant to health disparities, diversity, and health equity.
- The Epidemiology of Diversity in Epidemiology. Presented at the American College of Epidemiology Minority Affairs Committee workshop, September 11, 2010
- Recorded seminar: Translating epidemiologic findings into action to eliminate disparities. Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences, May 24, 2013 [slides]
- More about / by the author