We look forward to our time together learning how epidemiologists define cases, assess exposures and design studies to consider the impact of various factors on the health of a population. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
For some general information about this course, read below About the Instructor, Being a Successful Learner, Getting Help, Personalizing Your Contact Information and Special Materials...
Instructors and Policy
Dr. Eugene Lengerich  is the primary author of these course materials. He is Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, and Director of Community Outreach and Education, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. Dr. Lengerich is an epidemiologist with research expertise in community engagement and intervention research, public health informatics, and measurement of health disparities. He is Co-Investigator on the Appalachia Community Cancer Network (5U01CA114622), one of 25 Community Network Programs of the National Cancer Institute. The community/academic partnership in Appalachian Pennsylvania and New York, the Northern Appalachia Cancer Network, was selected in 2009 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities as one of four nominees for the Magrath/Kellogg Award for Engaged Scholarship. Lengerich is also Principal Investigator for the South Central Pennsylvania Cancer Education Network. Lengerich has led research to develop specialized tools for geographic information systems (GIS) for mapping and analyzing cancer data. His research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Service Administration, Lance Armstrong Foundation, American Cancer Society, and Pennsylvania Department of Health. Prior to joining the faculty of Penn State University, Lengerich was the State Chronic Disease Epidemiologist for North Carolina and a chronic disease epidemiologist for the Centers Disease Control and Prevention.
To reach the instructors of this course, use email. You can also post questions in the general discussion space for the lesson. Most assignments span 2 weekends; start early and ask questions of the instructor during the work week for a more rapid response. Classmates may also respond to each other's questions posted in the general discussion.
Students are expected to post assignments and take quizzes by the completion date listed in the course schedule. Failing to meet these dates is a hindrance to your classmates because it will delay feedback for everyone; it is in everyone’s best interest to keep up. If you experience a crisis that severely compromises your ability to submit your work on-time, contact Dr. Lengerich prior to the due date to appeal for an extension. Otherwise, work submitted one day late will receive half credit; work beyond one day late will not receive credit.
You are expected to post/submit your own individual work, unless the assignment has been made to a group. Some students may have a friend review their writing before submitting; this should be for suggestions, not a re-write. Your voice should come through in your writing. It is important that the work you submit reflects your abilities and thoughts.
If there is a group assignment, the group will be asked to identify the responsibilities of each team member.
Academic Integrity at Penn State is defined by Faculty Senate Policy 49-20 as “the pursuit of scholarly
activity in an open, honest and responsible manner”. The University's Code of Conduct states that “all
students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help
create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.
Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification,
misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the
University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others”. Academic dishonesty
(including, but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or falsification of information) will not be tolerated
and can result in academic or disciplinary sanctions such as a failing (F) grade in the course.
Read the OWL Avoiding Plagiarism Web site  for a good discussion on the boundary between using other
people's research and plagiarism.
Grades: See the syllabus posted in CANVAS. There are 210 points in this course, divided among homework, discussion and 3 major papers.