Are you a public health worker with little or no knowledge of epidemiology who would like to know more? This narrated, one-hour course introduces the concepts and principles of infectious disease in epidemiology. By the end of this course, you'll be familiar with infectious disease agents and transmission characteristics, epidemiologic methods, and vaccination and other control measures. This is part of a nine-part series on epidemiology.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define key concepts of infectious disease epidemiology
  • Explain the relationship of an infectious agent to its host and the environment
  • Describe different modes of transmission
  • Understand how common infectious agents are classified
  • Describe the role of vaccination and other control measures in preventing disease spread

Intended Audience

Public health practitioners, especially those working in smaller local and state health departments, with little or no prior training in epidemiology.

Epidemiology Series

What Is Epidemiology in Public Health?

Data Interpretation for Public Health Professionals

Basic Infectious Disease Concepts in Epidemiology

Introduction to Public Health Surveillance

Introduction to Outbreak Investigation

Study Types in Epidemiology

Measuring Risk in Epidemiology

Cause and Effect in Epidemiology

Screening in Public Health Practice


Web-based, Flash presentation. This online course has an audio narration and interactive exercises and scenarios. This course should take about one hour to complete.

Course Instructor

John Kobayashi, MD, MPH
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
University of Washington School of Public Health

Technical Requirements

This course requires certain software and browser plugins to be installed. See our Technical Requirements.


This online training course is audio narrated. A print version is available in the Supplemental Material section at the bottom of this page. Please note that the print version does not include interactive exercises, quizzes, or the final assessment. To receive a print version of the quizzes in this course, or if you have any difficulties, please contact

October 1, 2006
Infectious Disease & Immunizations
Self-Paced Course
1 hour
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills