Open online educational resources

Various interesting epidemiological learning and teaching resources are available on the interternet (such as PowerPoint slides, exercises, spreadsheets, animations), so called Open Educational Resources (OER). These are provided by universities, publishers, individual teachers or researchers, etc. There is a large variety in open and online materials, varying from a single educational resource to complete online courses, such as Massive Open and Online Courses (MOOCs). Online educational resources offer a potential source of inspiration for lecturers, students and others interested in epidemiology. The table below gives a few links to epidemiological teaching materials that were brought to the attention of the editors of this VvE website.

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The editors of this website, nor the VvE, are responsible for the quality or availability of the materials mentioned in the table. The table only intends to give an overview of materials developed by others without pretending to provide a complete list of OER. It is recommended to respect the copyright and/or contact the author when using materials for your own educational practices.

Open online educational resources

Materiaal Titel/Onderwerp Auteur/instituut Omschrijving Nivo Taal
(Electronic) Textbook Redesign of the didactics of S(E)IR(D) -> SI(EY)A(CD) models of infectious epidemics Thomas Colignatus, in 2002-2004 at Department of Public Health, EUR / Erasmus MC Didactics on modeling of the SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) pandemic of 2020, with the example case of Holland Beginner / Intermediate English
Textbook Slides Exercises Spreadsheets Case studies Various miscellaneous topics Victor J. Schoenbach, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill This web site contains ‘Understanding the fundamentals of epidemiology’: an evolving text and other learning materials developed during 21 years of teaching an introductory course for majors in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill In addition, this site contains various miscellaneous topics, slides, calculation exercises, etc. These materials are freely available for non-commercial use, including reproduction and distribution, as long as the original copyright and reference to this web site are included as the source. Advanced English
Electronic textbook Introductory epidemiology David G Kleinbaum Department of Epidemiology Rollins School of Public Health Atlanta, Georgia 30322 Electronic textbook for teaching introductory epidemiology, available free on-line: • Topics: study designs, frequency and effect measures, validity (selection, information, and confounding biases), interaction/effect modification, analysis of 2x2 tables, control of variables, stratified analysis, matching, introduction to logistic regression. • video/animation • study questions/quizzes • Exercises using computer software to analyse data • lecture slides • Homework exercises and exam questions Beginner/Intermediate English
Case studies Handouts Lecture slides Various Miscellaneous topics Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University Collection of lectures slides, exercises, examples, case studies, tips & tricks, handouts etc. All the resources in this website can be freely used for educational purposes with due credit. Intermediate/Advanced English
Textbook Selfstudy course Exercises Case studies Introductory epidemiology CDC (Ccenters for Cisease Control and prevention) - Textbook “ Principles of Epidemiology”: a foundational resource to learn about methods to investigate public health problems. - Epidemiologic case studies are real-life public health cases studies that can be used to introduce epidemiology to students. Beginner (k12/high school) English
Animations Exercises Various, basic topics Tim Carpenter, Massey University, University of new Zealand Adobe flash applications on measures of association (2x2 tables), Diagnostics tests, Measures of health Intermidiate English
MOOC Self-paced course Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health. Introductory/beginner This course explores public health issues like cardiovascular and infectious diseases – both locally and globally – through the lens of epidemiology. Level: Beginner in public health / Epidemiology. English University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Self-paced course Exercises Various, basic topics AMC Various short self-paced e-modules on topics like ‘what is epidemiology’, ‘confounding’, various disease etc. Beginner/Intermediate Dutch English
Animations Video Measures of disease frequency Bas Verhage, Maastricht University Beginner Dutch
Animations Video Various basic topics Rolf Groenwold, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde Op dit kanaal vindt u uitlegfilmpjes over methodologische begrippen. In ruim 1 minuut worden diverse basale begrippen uit de methodologie, zoals p-waarde, generaliseerbaarheid, bias confounding, effect modificatie, mendeliaanse randomisatie, missende waarde, multiple testing, publicatie bias, ROC curve etc op een eenvoudige manier inzichtelijk gemaakt. Beginner Dutch
MOOC Self-paced course Clinical epidemiology D.E. Grobbee, A.W. Hoes, Utrecht University This online course focuses on the principles and practice of clinical epidemiology, and elaborates on examples from relevant literature. The aim is to provide you with the knowledge to evaluate and assess applied clinical research and data analyses, and give you sufficient scientific and methodological background information to actively participate in clinical studies. During the course, you will focus on questions of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and etiology. Several research options are available to help you address these questions, including intervention trials and case-control studies using data obtained in a clinical setting. This MOOC includes moderated peer interaction and review assignments. Intermediate English