Course: Fundamentals of epidemiology

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Course title Fundamentals of epidemiology
Course code KAT/EPID
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Novák Jaromír, doc. Ing. CSc.
  • Medková Jarmila, MUDr. CSc.
Course content
Epidemiology is a preventive field that studies the prevalence of diseases in the human population, the causes of origination and spreading. Epidemiology studies and applies measures to protect humans against these diseases. The course focuses on the source of disease, possible transmission routes and susceptible individuals. Attention is also paid to possible environmental aspects that have an effect on the development and spreading of diseases. The course also covers the procedures and measures in the source of infection - repressive measures. A substantial emphasis is put on the possibility of effective preventive measures leading to elimination or eradication not only of communicable diseases but also mass diseases. The students learn about the prevalence of selected communicable and non-communicable diseases in the Czech Republic.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Projection (static, dynamic)
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 5 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 34 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the lectures and seminars is to introduce to the students the epidemic process, basic aspect of its development and the principle of spreading of communicable diseases. Throughout the course the students acquire knowledge about the methods used in studying the factors that can have an effect on or induce the development and spreading of mass non-communicable diseases. The aim of the epidemiology course is to impose preventive and repressive measures in model situations. Information about this course was translated to English within the project Internationalization of the Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University, Olomouc, No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0028, co-funded by the European Social Fund and the Government of the Czech Republic.
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to: - Describe adverse effects of the environment and other factors influencing the prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases in humans - Describe applicable laws, decrees and regulations governing epidemiology
Prerequisites
The epidemiology course builds on other courses in previous grades (physiology, toxicology).

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam, Written exam, Seminar Work

Examination requirements: knowledge of the content of lectures and recommended literature, 100% participation in seminars, seminar paper and its presentation.
Recommended literature
  • Bencko, V., Hrach, K., Malý, M., Pikhart, H., Reissigová, J., Svačina, Š., Tomečková, M., & Zvárová, J. (2003). Statistické metody v epidemiologii. Praha: Karolinum.
  • Bencko, V., Hrach, K., Malý, M., Pikhart, H., Reissigová, J., Svačina, Š., Tomečková, M., & Zvárová, J. (2003). Statistické metody v epidemiologii. Praha: Karolinum.
  • Bencko, V. (2004). Hygiene & epidemiology: selected chapters. Prague: Karolinum Press.
  • Kotulán, J., & Hrubá, D. (1989). Hygiena, základy primární prevence. Praha: SPN.
  • Ticháček, B. (1997). Základy epidemiologie. Praha: Galén.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Physical Culture Civic Defence (2013) Physical education and sport 3 -
Faculty of Physical Culture Civic Defence (2016) Physical education and sport 3 -