Quantifying the Issue: Descriptive Epidemiology & the Internet

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2.0 CHES Credits 2.0 Nursing Contact Hours 2.0 CPH Recertification Credits Certificate of Completion

Eden Wells

Eden Wells, MD, MPH

Eden V. Wells, MD, MPH is Clinical Associate Professor, Epidemiology, and the Associate Director for the Preventive Medicine Residency at University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Course Details

Target Audience

Public health and community health professionals-nurses, health educators, social workers; students in allied health; anyone interested in descriptive epidemiology, surveillance data and evidence-based public health practices.


  • Describe characteristics of disease frequency in defined populations.
  • Utilize disease surveillance data presently available on the internet.

Continuing Education Credits and Completion Certificates

2.0 CHES Credits

2.0 Nursing Contact Hours

2.0 CPH Recertification Credits

Certificate of Completion

The Michigan Public Health Training Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nursing contact hours for this activity will expire on December 31, 2018.

The Michigan Public Health Training Center is a designated provider (ID# 99038) of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. 

The Michigan Public Health Training Center is a pre-approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Planning Committee

Eden Wells, MD, MPH; Mary Kushion, MSA; Phoebe Goldberg, MPH, CHES; Judith Compton, MS, MAT; Susan Frazier-Kouassi, PhD; Kathleen Duggan, MPH, MS, RD; Julie McCallum, MPH, RN.

Conflict of Interest

All instructors have reported no conflicts of interest related to this activity. All activity planners have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.


The project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the Prevention Research Center-St. Louis at Washington University. The project based at University of Michigan’s Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC-MI) and Michigan PHTC is one of four across the country working to tailor and develop this training for local health departments. The original course was developed by Dr. Ross Brownson and colleagues, the CDC, and the World Health Organization.

Technical Information

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Evidence-based public health is a decision making process used to determine the best intervention strategy for a given problem, population and resources. Types of evidence utilized in evidence-based public health include reviews of scientific literature, public health surveillance data, program evaluations, and qualitative data. This webcast will show how to utilize descriptive epidemiology to organize and analyze data and will introduce ways to locate public health surveillance data on the internet. This webcast will feature Michigan-specific data.