Introduction to Epidemiology for Global Health



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Are you interested in understanding distribution of disease and what factors affect risk of disease? This course gives an in-depth orientation to the field of epidemiology research in a global health context. You’ll get an understanding of how epidemiologic methods are used to understand the distribution of disease within populations and what factors affect the risk of disease. Learn about important epidemiologic concepts, including how to describe disease risk, common study designs, bias and confounding, and the importance of appropriate measurement in epidemiologic research. 


This online course has video lectures, readings, discussion forums, quizzes, and three assignments.

You can participate in this course as an independent participant or as part of a site with 5 or more people. Participating as a site group provides a forum for discussing course concepts and applying them to local context and customs. If you are participating independently, the online discussion boards provide a forum for these types of discussion. 

The course is taught in English. Participants should be comfortable with written and spoken English.


To be admitted to the course you must have a Bachelor’s-level degree (or equivalent) and experience in a health-related field. Proficiency in algebra is required.

Enrollment Fees:

You can enroll in this course as part of a registered site group or you can apply as an independent participant

If part of a site group, your site coordinator will manage your group's enrollment fee. You may be asked to contribute towards this site fee. 

If an independent participant, you will be invoiced based on details and preferences you note in your application. OECD/LMIC rates are based on your current location.  Invoices are sent soon after the application period is over.

Fees for January 2024 offering:  (Please note that these rates will be different for the January 2025 offering. More information here)

Site Group Enrollment Shipped Certificate (to site coordinator)
OECD Site Groups5-15 people: $199 USD per person; 16-40 people: $3000 USD 
LMIC Site Groups 5-40 people: $1500 USD 

For site groups made up of participants from a high-income country (OECD), the fee is determined by how many people are in your group.  For groups of 16-40 people, the fee is $3000 USD.  However, for smaller groups (OECD), we offer a discounted rate of $199 USD per person.

For site groups made up of participants from a low-middle income country (LMIC) we further discount the site rate down to $1500 USD for groups of at least 5 people (with a cap of 40 people for this course).

For site groups that may have a mix of both LMIC and OECD participants, the fee is based on the LMIC rate (of $1500 USD) plus $199 USD per OECD participant.  However, if it is more economical, a flat rate of $3000 USD is also an option.  Please inquire with us if you have questions about the fees at your site.

Independent ParticipantsEmailed Certificate (PDF)Shipped Certificate 
Independent (OECD)$299$399
Independent (LMIC)$199$299

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Payment is accepted via Flywire, a program that allows you to pay in your own currency or via wire transfer, Visa, or Mastercard credit cards. You will receive instructions to submit payment once you have been accepted into the course.