The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and its role in public health. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related events in populations and its application to the prevention and control of diseases in human populations. Students will learn how to explore natural phenomena using basic epidemiologic principles and methods, including hypothesis development, data measurement and interpretation, experimentation, and the evaluation of evidence. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts in epidemiology and to how the basic tenets in epidemiology are used to solve issues in public health. A variety of exposures and health outcomes will be used as examples in class to demonstrate the broad application of epidemiologic concepts in public health to resolve health issues in society.