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Teaching EpidemiologyA guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine$
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Jørn Olsen, Naomi Greene, Rodolfo Saracci, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.001.0001

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Neurologic diseases

Neurologic diseases

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(p.356) Chapter 19 Neurologic diseases
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Teaching Epidemiology
Author(s):

C. A. Molgaard

A. L. Golbeck

J. F. Rothrock

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.003.0019

Neuroepidemiology has been defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of neurologic diseases and injuries at the population level. In this chapter several examples of research paradigms used in this subfield of epidemiology are presented, including the focus on geographic isolates, the focus on slow viruses and toxins, and on the programming hypothesis, which examines etiologic exposures (often in utero) and structural and neurobehavioural effects. Teaching objectives emphasize understanding the complexity of exposure and windows of vulnerability in human development. Learning objectives focus on team-based strategies, models of molecular and cellular processes, and appreciation of the public health burden of neurological diseases and injuries at the population level. Teaching content, methods, and format are presented that support digital education (distance-based) and have been implemented in a highly interactive online seminar within a public health training program.

Keywords:   neuroepidemiology, geographic isolates, slow virus, programming hypothesis, digital education

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