Descriptive Epidemiology
Descriptive Epidemiology

Descriptive Epidemiology

by Raywat Deonandan, PhD

Descriptive epidemiology, as the name implies, refers to utilizing epidemiology principles to describe the burden of disease on a particular population. These include the concepts of prevalence, incidence, and mortality rate, which are recognizable even to a layperson. The purpose of this practice is to understand how a particular ailment affects a population in order to later assess which are the most effective interventions on a mass scale.

In this course, the student will be given an overview of the most important concepts in descriptive epidemiology, including measures of morbidity and mortality.

For optimal understanding, the student is required to have preliminary knowledge of the basics of epidemiology. Since some concepts may be very abstract to some, it’s encouraged to rewatch some video lectures until the concepts are fully grasped.

Course Details

  • Videos 5
  • Duration 0:18 h
  • Quiz questions 9
  • Concept Pages 2


Your Educators of course Descriptive Epidemiology

 Raywat Deonandan, PhD

Raywat Deonandan, PhD

Dr. Raywat Deonandan is a Global Health Epidemiologist and an Associate Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
He obtained his PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario in 2001. He is also the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, and an award-winning author and journalist.
Dr. Deonandan embraces new media to engage in public education and co-hosts a science education podcast. In 2016, he received the OCUFA Teaching Award, the highest professorial teaching honour in Ontario.
Within Lecturio, he teaches courses on Epidemiology and Biostatistics."

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VERY clear and helpful!
By Joslyn D. on 07. April 2020 for Mortality Rate – Descriptive Epidemiology

Very clear definitions and explanations. I'd watch more of Dr. Deonandan's videos.

Very comprehensive
By Karyn S. on 28. December 2018 for Descriptive Epidemiology

The easiest to comprehend informative explanation I have come across so far.

Dr Raywat
By Ahmed B. on 04. October 2018 for Descriptive Epidemiology

Dr Rayawat has really firm grip on this subject. He is very confident, competent and professional. His way of teaching is aso excellent. He deserves lot of appreciations.

Excellent teaching and lucid material
By Pooja L. on 19. April 2018 for Learning Outcomes – Descriptive Epidemiology

The best explanations in epidemiology I have ever come across, both in real life and online. Thank you so much for your excellent teaching.