Epidemiology Elective

The Epidemiology elective, CCGH 409, is a four week course comprised of two weeks of didactic sessions addressing the basic concepts of Epidemiology, study design, and evaluation techniques and two weeks applying these concepts by furthering the design and beginning implementation of individual projects.  For third and fourth year students taking this elective, the second two weeks will focus on development of the Scholarly Project required by the Global Health Honors program. All students will present their final project to the Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology and the Center for Community and Global Health.  Students will be guided in producing a publishable manuscript when applicable.

Available for M3 and M4 students in good-standing with the Global Health Honors program or M4 students with permission.

Elective Goals

Upon successful completion of the elective, students should:

  • Gain an understanding of the basic principles of epidemiology
  • Articulate the applicability of epidemiology to medical practice and, in particular, global health fieldwork
  • Conduct fieldwork bound by institutional guidelines on ethical conduct of research
  • Obtain the necessary skills required to analyze the content and quality of medical literature
  • Develop an appropriate and realistic project proposal, or enhance an existing project’s structure, implementation, and evaluation
  • Examine the benefits a particular population or community derives from the project

How to Apply

Students should apply 90 days in advance of their desired rotation to ensure space availability. Up to four students can be accommodated each month. Students requiring travel as a part of their elective are required to submit a detailed application for consideration. Applicants should complete CCGH 409 application found in myLUMEN under, "Elective Registration." Upon applying, students should include at least two preferences of date, one month in length, and comments or questions about dates or participation.

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Elective Contact
Lucia H. Garcia, lucgarcia@luc.edu