ActiveEpi Web, a multimedia electronic textbook that provides an interactive resource to learn the fundamentals of epidemiology, is now available on-line at no cost.
David Kleinbaum, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, originally developed ActivEpi in 2001 as a CD Rom. Because many computers no longer have CD capability, Kleinbaum converted it to a Web format.
“I consider this text an important educational gift to the world and hope it has a major impact on education in the health, medical and mathematical/statistical fields,” said Kleinbaum who has written seven epidemiology textbooks and won numerous teaching awards during his 40-year career. “I hope it provides a clear understanding of how epidemiology links the health and medical sciences with mathematics and statistics.”
ActiveEpi includes 15 lessons with narrated instructional expositions that use video and animation; interactive study questions and quizzes; and homework exercises.
Topics covered include study designs, measures of frequency and effect, potential impact, overview of validity, selection information and confounding bias, effect modification, analysis of 2x2 tables, options for control of variables, stratified analysis, matching and introduction to logistic regression.
ActiveEpi has been used by public health professionals and students in the United States and abroad. A CD Rom version has been translated into Spanish for the Pan American Health Organization.
ActiveEpi Web can be accessed at:
Addtional details on using ActiveEpi Web are presented below:
2. Sign in with your first and last name, put in your email address, and choose a password you wish.
3. After this, you will receive an email that asks you to confirm your registration. You must answer this email to actually get access to the website.
4. Then, click into the Introduction Lesson (i.e., Lesson 1), and watch the tutorial on the first lesson page
5. Once you complete the tutorial, we suggest that you go to the second lesson page in this Lesson (i.e., chapter) and watch the brief narrated activity that introduces Epidemiology under Getting Started. Also as you wish, look at the two asterisks on this lesson page that describes the history of ActivEpi development and the background of the author.
6. If interested, proceed to the next Lesson (2) and so on. All 15 Lessons (i.e., Chapters) have now been converted from my original CD ROM to the ActivEpi Web version.