School of Public Health professor develops free, online resource for teaching epidemiology
Woodruff Health Sciences Center | June 3, 2015
David Kleinbaum, PhD, professor of epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, developed a free, multimedia, electronic tool — called ActivEpiWeb — that provides an interactive resource to learn the fundamentals of epidemiology. Originally developed in 2001 as a CD Rom, Kleinbaum recently converted the program into a Web format to remain compatible with the latest technological advances.
"I consider this text an important educational gift to anyone, anywhere in the world and hope it has a major impact on education in the health, medical, and mathematical/statistical fields," says Kleinbaum who has also written seven epidemiology textbooks and won numerous teaching awards during his 40-year career.
ActivEpi includes 15 lessons with narrated instruction that utilizes video and animation; interactive study questions and quizzes; and homework exercises. The lessons include a wide range of important epidemiological topics. Health professionals and students in the United States and abroad have used ActivEpi for standard lecture courses, online courses and individualized learning. A CD Rom version has been translated into Spanish for the Pan American Health Organization.
"My hope is that ActivEpi provides a clear understanding of how epidemiology links the health and medical sciences with mathematics and statistics," says Kleinbaum.