What you’ll learn
- Evaluation of screening programs in public health
- Various biases in evaluating screening programs
- Study designs for evaluating screening programs
- Real world examples
- Basics of Epidemiology
Evaluating Screening Programs: Epidemiological Approach
In this course we shall learn various approaches used in evaluation of screening programs, and what epidemiological principles to keep in mind before concluding that the screening program is effective.
This course is useful for working public health professionals, program managers, public health students who intends to learn various concepts in epidemiology.
This subject is important in both clinical practice and public health, for there is increasing acceptance of a physician’s obligation to include prevention along with diagnosis and treatment as major responsibilities in the care of patients
Do the individuals in whom disease is detected early benefit from the early detection, and is there an overall benefit to those who are screened?
The term early detection of disease means detecting a disease at an earlier stage than would usually occur in standard clinical practice. This denotes detecting disease at a pre-symptomatic stage, at which point the patient has no clinical complaint (no symptoms or signs) and, therefore, no reason to seek medical care for the condition.
At first glance, the question of whether people benefit from early detection of disease may seem somewhat surprising. Intuitively, it would seem obvious that early detection is beneficial and that intervention at an earlier stage of the disease process is more effective and/or easier to implement than a later intervention.
Who this course is for:
- Public Health Professions, Program managers, Public health students