Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Business – HLTH 485

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The course introduces the principles, concepts, and methods of epidemiology – the study of patterns and determinants of disease in different populations to business professionals. Topics include measures of disease frequency and effect, uses of rates and proportions and other statistics to describe the health of populations in investigating the extent of disease problems and the associations between risk factors and disease outcomes.


MATH 201 or BUSI 230


This course provides an introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics to the student with minimal training in public health, the biomedical sciences, and statistics. It is important for the student to be able to identify causal factors and modes of transmission, with the assistance of statistical tools and biomedical information, and reflect the primary aim of epidemiology

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate a biblical worldview when discussing epidemiology and biostatics related to healthcare.
  2. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time, and place.
  3. Calculate basic epidemiology and biostatistics measures.
  4. Describe basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data.
  5. Apply bio-statistical research designs and methods to public health issues.
  6. Discuss epidemiology and biostatistics in the context of current literature and industry best practices.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 1 scholarly reference and 1 reference from the Bible. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 450 words and include at least 1 scholarly reference and 1 reference from the Bible.

Activities (3)

The student will complete 3 activity assignments, provided by the instructor, that contain various tables, matching, and listing questions. These activities will help the student understand bio-statistical measures.

Group Case Study

The student will be placed in a group to evaluate the case study of an epidemiological issue. The case study will contain 11 calculations and short answer questions that must be completed and submitted as a group.

Exams (3)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.