School of Public Health professor develops free, online resource for teaching epidemiology

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | June 3, 2015


Melva Robertson

David Kleinburg, Emory University
David Kleinbaum has been a professor of epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health since 1993.
David Kleinburg, Emory University
In 2005, Kleinbaum was the first to receive the Association of Schools of Public Health/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence, one of his many honors for teaching.
David Kleinburg, Emory University
Kleinbaum is perpetuating teaching innovation by making a gift to provide salary support for faculty who teach advanced epidemiological methods at Rollins.
David Kleinburg, Emory University
"The best reward for teaching," Kleinbaum says, "is communicating with people and teaching them how to do a good job."
A professor of epidemiology at Rollins since 1993 and a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 23 years, Kleinbaum is the author of multiple  foundational textbooks in epidemiology and biostatistical methods — as well as the ActivEPI online course. 


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.

ActivEpi Web can be accessed at The author’s website at provides further details about ActivEpi Web and includes free Power Point instructional materials.