Clayton State University
School of Business
HCMG 3701: Introduction to Epidemiology
Syllabus: Spring Semester 2010
FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION
Name: Ms. Debra J. Cody
Office: Clayton Hall -130-D
Phone: (678) 466-4932; Fax: (678) 466-4599
Office Hours: Monday and Thursday 12-3:00pm
Prerequisite(s): MATH 1231 or HSCI 2201; HCMG 3101
This course provides the beginning public health or health care professional with an
introduction to the science of Epidemiology. The course will explore the use of Epidemiology in
general health care as well as in public health. It will focus on the development of Epidemiology,
concepts and elements of infectious and chronic disease, measurement and study design for
epidemiological research. Students will gain knowledge about developing preventative programs
and addressing overall ongoing health concerns using epidemiological data. All students taking
this course should have a proficiency in PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and access to e-mail for
communication purposes during the course. Other skills needed are research, ability to work in
a group setting, decision making skills, writing, and presentation skills.
NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to drop this course during the drop/add period if he or
she has not properly satisfied the prerequisite/corequisite requirements. If the student has
not satisfied the prerequisite/corequisite requirements and does not drop the course
during the drop/add period, the instructor will advise the registrar's office to drop the
student from the course. The student will receive a grade of "W" and no refund will be
given. The student alone will be responsible for any loss of funds or financial aid that
NUMBER OF REQUIRED ON-CAMPUS MEETINGS
This course is scheduled to meet on Monday and Wednesday from 3:45-4:50pm in UC-322.
UNIVERSITY ATTENDANCE POLICY
Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish
specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the
students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course,
determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon
students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to
determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional
withdrawals or failing grades.
COURSE OBJECTIVES / LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the evolution of epidemiology and its importance to public
health and health care in general.
2. Discuss the concepts of epidemiology.
3. Analyze how epidemiology can be a useful tool and predictor of health care costs.
4. Explain the concepts related to measurement and incidence of disease in populations.
5. Develop a management approach for a chronic or infectious disease based on the concepts of
6. Construct a diagram or time line that follows a chronic or infectious disease episode.
7. Investigate a disease outbreak and evaluate the data collected.
University policy states each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the
semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software
requirements for the student's academic program (as part of the registration process, students
agree to this). See ITP Choice at http://itpchoice.clayton.edu for full details of this policy. Your
computer should meet the given minimum specifications for the Advanced Level listed at
1. You must have access to the Internet, either through the local area network on campus, or
through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) of your choice (the costs for the ISP are your
responsibility). No excuses will be accepted for inability to access the Internet.
2. You must activate your CSU Student E-mail account. For directions on activation, go to
http://thehub.clayton.edu/ and click on Guides.
PowerPoint, Microsoft Office 2007, Georgia View, and e-mail.
This course will include a mid-term, a final exam, five (5) assignments, and a case study paper.
The guidelines for the case study paper are located on the course home page. Late assignments
will not receive credit.
Case Study Paper 30%
Final Exam 30%
MID-TERM PROGRESS REPORT:
The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued by March 5, 2010, reflects
approximately 30% of the entire course grade. Based on this grade, students may choose to
withdraw from the course and receive a grade of “W.” Students pursuing this option must fill
out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar or online at
http://adminservices.clayton.edu/registrar/, by March 5, 2010.
TEXTBOOK AND OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED
Fleming, S. (2008). Managerial epidemiology: Concepts and cases (2nd ed.). Chicago: Health
Administration Press. ISBN: 1-56793-292-4.
1. Students are expected to attend all class sessions.
2. Students must take all examinations and strictly adhere to the deadline date for the case study.
3. Students must abide by policies in the University Catalog, Student Handbook, and if
applicable, the program handbook. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated.
4. Students should read and understand the Basic Student Responsibilities policy posted at
listed in the catalog under Academic Policies. These responsibilities should be considered
part of this class syllabus and should be adhered to.
6. Once assignments or papers have been turned in, no revisions will be allowed.
5. A student who stops attending class will receive a grade of “F”. To receive a “W” grade, the
student must officially withdraw from the course by March 5, 2010.
Regular and punctual attendance is necessary to receive maximum benefit from a course that
combines theory and practice. Therefore, students are required to attend and actively participate
in class. Attendance is taken daily. You are considered absent after class has been in session for
20 minutes. Being tardy on a regular basis will similarly result in points being deducted at my
discretion. Excused absences include university sponsored off-campus events, medical or legal
meetings (supported by documentation), and others at the professor’s discretion.
In-class Computer Use Policy
While in class, the use of computers is strictly prohibited. If you need to take notes, please use
paper and pencil.
An important element to being a professional is knowing how to “look the part.” Knowing how
to dress professionally will help you make great first impressions and establish credibility
throughout your career. As a result, The School of Business has instituted a Professional Dress
Day for ALL Business and Healthcare Management courses.
You are required to Dress for Success on the first Tuesday of every month. The dates are
February 2, March 2, and April 6. Dressing for success is different for men and women so
please see the list below for hints on what to wear:
Women's Attire (adapted from www.jobsearch.about.com)
Dark colored, conservative dress, suit, or slacks (jacket)
Moderate shoes (no tennis shoes or sandals)
Neat, professional hairstyle
Men's Attire (adapted from www.jobsearch.about.com)
Dark colored, conservative suit
(Dark slacks and blazer can also be worn)
White or light blue long sleeve shirt
Dark socks, professional shoes (no tennis shoes or sandals)
Very limited jewelry
Neat, professional hairstyle
Neatly trimmed nails
Pictures of properly dressed students can be found at: Business.clayton.edu/dressforsuccess.htm
The Mission of the School of Business is to:
Prepare a diverse student body for business and professional careers by providing a quality
Provide a student-centered environment, using technology to enhance student learning.
Support faculty in applied and instructional research and service to the profession.
Serve primarily the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Jim Wood Speakers Series
The Jim Wood Speaker Series provides a forum for Georgia’s most celebrated business
personalities to engage in insightful discussion with tomorrow’s business leaders. Our goal is
simple, to forge bonds between Georgia’s business leaders and our students while ensuring
students gain insights into current business trends and corporate strategies. As a result, you are
required to attend at least one Jim Wood Speakers Series event this semester. Please bring your
Laker ID card to the event with you. This is the only way you will be able to “sign in” to our
computerized attendance system.
Seating is limited and provided on a first-come-first-served basis.
The doors close 5 minutes after the Series begins and late comers are denied access.
You can find up to date information on the speakers, times, and locations at:
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Students with disabilities who require accommodations need to register with Disability Services.
Contact them at DisabilityServices@clayton.edu or visit their office in the Student Center Room
255. If you do qualify for services, please give your letter of accommodations to your instructor
as soon as possible.
Financial Aid, including grants, scholarships and loans, can only be used to cover the costs of
courses that are required for your currently declared major. If you are declared as a certificate
major, your financial aid cannot be used for courses in an AAS or BAS major (or any major
other than what is declared). It is your responsibility to contact the Office of Financial Aid to
request an adjustment to your award if you register for courses that cannot be covered. If you do
not do so, you will eventually be billed for any financial aid that you have received for courses
that were not required for your declared major. It is also your responsibility to re-apply for
financial aid each academic year; applications become available January of each year for the
following fall semester. If you are unsure about your major, go to the Duck to see how it is listed.
If you are unsure about what is covered under financial aid, please call them or make an
appointment with someone in financial aid.
APPLYING FOR GRADUATION
For a student to graduate from a program, he/she must apply to graduate by the dates indicated
below. To obtain an application for graduation, go to the Registrar’s website online to access and
print the form. This form must be completed for each certificate and/or degree in which the
student plans to graduate. For students graduating at the end of Fall Semester, the graduation
application is due to the registrar’s office no later than June 1. For students graduating at the end
of Spring Semester, the graduation application is due to the registrar’s office no later than
September 15. For students graduating at the end of Summer Semester, the graduation
application is due to the registrar’s office no later than January 30.
CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Students are encouraged to visit Clayton State’s Center for Academic Success (CAS). CAS
offers a variety of personalized academic services to all Clayton State University students,
including staff and peer tutoring in a variety of subjects and multimedia instruction. CAS tutors
not only can help students understand the content of their classes, but also can help them develop
the skills and strategies necessary to continue learning throughout their lifetimes. CAS Hours are
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Call 678-466-4070 or visit
the website at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/caa/.