Discuss the single most important or surprising lesson learned in this course. Explain what made it so important or surprising .
There are a lot of lessons learned in this course but I will say that the most important lesson learned in this course for me is the fact that epidemiology is one of the essential disciplines of public health, and that its major aim is to use the epidemiologic methods in assessing the community’s health, in such a way that the public health officials are responsible for policy development, implementation, and evaluation use. Furthermore that the epidemiologic information are used as a factual framework for decision making, assess the health of a population or community, in a descriptive way such as , person, place and time so as to enable an epidemiologist set health goals and to monitor progress toward these goals. By studying this course it downed on me that this very epidemiologic practice is what we use to make daily decisions that affects our health such as when a person decides to quit smoking, climbing a stairs instead of waiting for an elevator, eat salad in place of cheese burger with fries, or use condom to protect themselves from STDs.
Write a speech that you would give to a friend in an elevator summing up the contents of this course. You have 30 to 90 seconds to inform your friend of the most important elements . Go!
I would start by telling my friend that epidemiology is the study of disease in populations. That the epidemiological methods are used for disease surveillance, outbreak investigation and observational studies to identify risk factors of zoonotic disease in both human and animal populations. Furthermore that the knowledge of these risk factors are further used to direct more research investigation and to implement disease control measures. Finally that epidemiology study is also used to identify risk factors which may represent critical control points in the food production system(ncbi.nim.nih.gov, 1917).
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/the role of epidemiology in public health
Discuss the single most important or surprising lesson learned in this course. Explain what made it so important or surprising.
To be quite honest, this is one of the best classes I have taken to date. I have only really enjoyed three other this much, so that says a lot about the materials and the way the information presented. The textbook was an easy read in that it flowed and the materials were relevant to the discussions and the course work. I found the details of our last segment to be the most surprising. It is something that has been discussed in other courses but not in such detail. The most surprising thing about epidemiology is historical development. In ancient times, epidemics and plagues were terrifying natural phenomena that cried out for a more rational explanation than that they were due to the wrath of god or the machinations of evil spirits. Hippocrates described many kinds of epidemics and in On Airs, Waters, Places and other writings. He offered practical insights into environmental and behavioral factors that might be associated with certain kinds of disease. Although doctors and others engaged in the healing arts