ActivEpi Web by David Kleinbaum

ActivEpi has been called “an electronic teaching tool”, “a multimedia electronic textbook”, and “a multimedia learner-interactive course”. It has been used by instructors all over the world for both online and lecture classes since 2003. However it is described, ActivEpi teaches the fundamentals of epidemiology. Developed in 2001 in English by David Kleinbaum, professor of epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, the teaching tool was first presented on CD-ROM with a companion textbook and a shorter pocket guide written by Kleinbaum and colleagues Kevin Sullivan and Nancy Barker.

Dr. Kleinbaum went on to design two instructor-attended, online courses using Activ Epi:

ActivEpi is now available for the first time on the web at no cost as ActivEpi Web. 

ActivEpi is also available in Spanish (download for local installation).

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Topics covered include:

  • Epidemiologic study designs
  • Measures of disease frequency
  • Measures of effect
  • Measures of potential impact
  • Validity and general considerations
  • Selection bias
  • Information bias
  • Confounding
  • Confounding involving several risk factors
  • Statistical inference about effects
  • Control of extraneous factors
  • Stratified analysis
  • Matching


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