This course introduces students to the study of distribution and determinants of diseases in human populations. The epidemiologic approaches used to estimate the burden of disease; causal inferences; and primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies will be analyzed. This course emphasizes critical analysis of analytical studies, quantitative measures of association, and other current research. Evidence-based health promotion and treatment for common disorders/diseases such as those identified in Healthy People will be integrated. Sociocultural, ecological, and systems of care delivery factors that contribute to health disparities will be explored in-depth. Emphasis will be placed on using current evidence to create a comprehensive critical analysis of a current health issue. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.