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Invited Commentary: Epidemiologic Methods as Applied to Epidemiology Education-Goals and Expectations to Advance and Diversify the Field.

Authors
  • D'Agostino, Emily M
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of epidemiology
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2021
Volume
190
Issue
2
Pages
313–316
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwaa179
PMID: 32809018
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In their accompanying article, Brown and Cox (Am J Epidemiol. 2021;190(2):305-312) offer strategies for improving introductory epidemiology instruction in large undergraduate classes using a team-based instructional approach. Effective epidemiology instruction can increase the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning in our discipline. Recent work has suggested that epidemiology education can also be targeted as a mechanism to fuel equity and progress in the field. In this commentary, I contextualize Brown and Cox's article within the literature on epidemiology instruction for undergraduates. I also explore the status of methods for measuring teaching and learning effectiveness in our field. I revisit what makes epidemiology a unique science and connect this with instructional strategies that have the potential to capitalize on these features. Lastly, I consider whether our field can improve in developing methods of measuring the effectiveness of epidemiology instruction for achieving these aims. Ultimately, as I suggest, increasing the rigor of methods for evaluating epidemiology instruction will serve to diversify, enhance, and advance our discipline. © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: [email protected]

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