EPI2: Measurement of Health Status - Course Outline


This course will introduce you to the various tools, methods, measures and data sources used to evaluate aspects of health in your community, health region and/or province or territory. It is the second course in a suite of three introductory courses focused on epidemiology and public health. The other two courses are EPI1: Basic Epidemiological Concepts and EPI3: Epidemiological Methods and each course builds on the knowledge acquired in the previous one.


EPI1: Basic Epidemiological Concepts, is the only prerequisite for the course.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will:


Successful completion of this course contributes to the attainment of the following Core Competencies for Public Health In Canada:

The Learning Process

This course is divided into four lessons, with five assignments and three discussion forum activities. Each lesson ends with a self‐assessment test. You will have eight weeks to complete the 24-33 hours of work required (about 3‐5 hours per week is suggested; see the learning schedule below).

A trained online facilitator, knowledgeable in public health, is assigned to your group to provide support and guidance. The facilitator is available to answer content‐related questions, provide feedback on assignments, and encourage discussion among participants through discussion forums.

EPI2 Learning Schedule

This schedule is a guide to help you pace yourself as you go through the course. Please aim to complete the discussion activities "in sync" with the other learners.

Time Period Course Work Estimated # of hours
Week 1

Getting Started: what you need to know and do

  • Make sure you can access all parts of the site
  • Review material
  • Introduce yourself and respond to fellow learners on the Discussion Forum: Welcome to Measurement of Health Status

Lesson 1: Health status Assessment

  • Start Lesson 1
2-3 hours
Week 2

Lesson 1: Health status Assessment

  • Finish Lesson 1
  • Complete Assignment 1
  • Complete Discussion Activity 1
  • Complete Assignment 2
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 1
4-6 hours
Week 3

Lesson 2: Health Indicators

  • Complete Lesson 2
  • Complete Assignment 3
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 2
5-6 hours
Week 4

Lesson 3: Sources of Health Information

  • Complete Lesson 3
3-4 hours
Week 5

Lesson 3: Sources of Health Information

  • Complete Discussion Activity 2
  • Complete Assignment 4
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 3
3-4 hours
Week 6

Lesson 4: Organizing and Displaying Epidemologic Data

  • Start Lesson 4
3-4 hours
Week 7

Lesson 4: Organizing and Displaying Epidemologic Data

  • Finish Lesson 4
  • Complete Assignment 5
3-4 hours
Week 8

Finishing Up

  • Ensure you have completed all parts of the course, have submitted all assignments and completed discussion activities.
  • Complete Final Feedback Survey
1-2 hours
Total: 24-33 hours

Course Features


The lessons in this course utilize a mix of text, figures and links to websites to:

Discussion Forums

Discussion forums are integral to the course. Messages can be posted and read on the forum system whenever convenient — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The three discussion activities ask you to share your thoughts and experiences as you apply particular health status measures to your work or health region (e.g., incidence, prevalence), discuss some of the data sources that are used in your work and reflect on some of presentations you have attended and what made them the worst or the best.


Assignments feature in all the courses, allowing you to reflect on the course content and to apply some of the concepts and principles to your work as a public health practitioner.

The five assignments in this course ask you to calculate and comment on various measures including the demographics in your region, breast cancer rates, births and deaths and selected health indicators. The final assignment asks you to develop the planning phase of a professional presentation regarding a health issue in your region.

Assignments take no more than a page or two. Your facilitator will review, grade and provide individual feedback for each assignment. An incomplete assignment will be returned with your facilitator’s comments and a request to resubmit.


Following each lesson you will be able to complete a short quiz to evaluate your understanding of the subject matter presented within each lesson. You will receive automatic feedback on your performance.


Successful completion of this course requires you to:

  1. complete all activities within the prescribed time frame for each;
  2. receive a satisfactory rating for all five assignments;
  3. participate in each of the three discussion forums;
  4. complete the final feedback survey questionnaire.


Participants receive a certificate from the Public Health Agency of Canada upon successful completion of the course.

Registration information is available at Skills Online-Register For Courses page. Note: you must be registered and logged in to access the registration page.

Note: Completion of this course contributes to the following Learning Pathcertificates:

Last course revision: August 2015