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Program Course Core Elements:

NURS 6380 Fundamentals of Epidemiology


This course is designed to study the distribution and determinants of health and disease in human populations.  Improving health by altering personal and environmental risk factors will be a major focus.  Epidemiological research using technology and public health informatics will also be introduced.


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)


Graduate Standing


  1. Apply knowledge of basic and advanced philosophy, theory (including causal inference), and principles of epidemiology as a scientific discipline to a study relevant to population health.
  2. Explain the history and role of epidemiology within the broader field of public health.
  3. Explain the strengths and limitations of epidemiological strategies (cohort, case-control, cross-sectional, ecological, and intervention study designs) for studying associations between risk factors or exposures and rates of morbidity and mortality.
  4. Use the natural history of one or more specific diseases or health conditions, including consideration of its causation, control and prevention to develop a study.
  5. Apply basic and advanced principles and methods of epidemiology to research questions.
  6. Design, collect, manage, critically analyze, and interpret data from an epidemiological study.
  7. Evaluate the results of epidemiological studies for their relevance to clinical practice and policy.
  8. Explain the major sources of random and non-random error.
  9. Address ethical issues in epidemiological research.




  • Respect for classroom and clinical communication processes are necessary for teaching and learning.
  • Silence mobile devices / cell phones in classrooms and clinical settings.
  • Remove Bluetooth devices prior to entering the classroom and when in ANY clinical setting.
  • Failure to do so can / will / may (depending on the faculty) either affect your class participation, clinical or final course grade.


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website:

Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


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