Community Medicine and Epidemiology

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July 13 – August 14, 2020

This graduate-level, 3-credit online course surveys the fundamental principles of epidemiology and its importance as an analytical tool in the fields of public health and policy development to assure the health of populations in the developing world.

Emphasis is placed on providing students with a firm foundation of epidemiological concepts via a historical perspective of the field, measures of disease occurrence and association, practical applications to policy, data sources, and study designs to reduce community health problems.

The course is designed for practitioners working in a variety of community development settings who wish to gain an appreciation for the role epidemiology plays in helping to produce and maintain healthy populations on both a local and global scale.

To register for Continuing Education classes, call (603-862-1500) or email ( the UNH Registrar's Office. They will assist you with registering for the course. See more registration directions below.

Course: Community Medicine and Epidemiology, DPP 953 (1ON) (you will earn 3 graduate-level course credits which can be applied to any Carsey graduate degree program). At this time, the course is not open for audit and everyone enrolling will earn academic credits. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Dates: July 13 – August 14, 2020

Delivery: This course is offered as an online, self-paced asynchronous program with the additional opportunity of 3—4 synchronous Zoom sessions held over the course’s five-week period. The synchronous sessions will be recorded and made available within the course for those unable to attend the session.

Syllabus: Community Medicine and Epidemiology Syllabus

Textbook: Population Health: Principles and Applications for Management. Health Administration Press, Chicago, Illinois, 2017. (ISBN: 978-1-56793-861-6)

Pre-Requisites: Bachelor's Degree – Note: while a transcript submission is not required, you will need to have earned a bachelor’s degree to enroll in graduate level course to earn academic credit. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, contact and attach your resume. People working in the field can request a waiver of the bachelor’s degree requirement.

Cost: NH residents $1696; Non-residents $1861 (for both costs, includes tuition + $20 registration fee + $26 technology fee)

Registration: To register, call (603-862-1500) or email ( the UNH Registrar's Office. They will assist you with registering for the course. Please make sure to mention the course number and name: DPP 953 Community Medicine and Epidemiology, CRN 71019, when calling or emailing the registrar’s office. They will also need credit card information and your address, phone number, and identification information. If you have previously taken a course as a continuing education student, you can register directly through WEBCAT. See detailed instructions on the Continuing Education webpage under Registration.

The registration deadline is July 6, 2020 (note that UNH is closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of the 4th of July holiday).

Rosemary Caron, community medicine course instructor

Rosemary M. Caron holds a doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Boston University School of Public Health; and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Regis College.

Rosemary is currently a Professor, Chair, and the former Director of the MPH Program, and former Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Health and Human Services, at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, NH, USA. Rosemary is also core faculty in the UNH Master’s Program in Community Development, Policy and Practice, and was a faculty member in the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program. In addition, she was an adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Rosemary received the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award in CHHS and was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Associate Professor Award at UNH. She has published her research on community-based participation in solving complex urban public health issues (i.e., childhood lead poisoning in refugee resettlement communities) in peer-reviewed journals and has edited and authored several books focused on the public health workforce and population health. She recently completed a management residency with a local community hospital in New Hampshire.

Rosemary is a member of several professional organizations, such as the American Public Health Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She also has held several leadership positions in the Association of Prevention, Teaching and Research, American College of Epidemiology, and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Prior to entering academia, Rosemary practiced public health for several years in a variety of settings as a practitioner. Specifically, Rosemary worked as the Assistant State Epidemiologist in the Bureau of Health Risk Assessment and served as the Chief of the Bureau of Health Statistics and Data Management for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. At the state’s largest local health department, Rosemary worked as a Chronic Disease Epidemiologist and Environmental Toxicologist. Rosemary also worked as a Senior Toxicologist conducting public health assessments for a private consulting firm.

Registration Deadline: Monday, July 6, 2020

Space for this course is limited and enrollments will be accepted until the course fills.

Questions? Please email Robin Husslage,

Course Instructor

Rosemary Caron, community medicine course instructor

Rosemary Caron
Associate Professor, former Director, Department of Health Management & Policy, College of Health and Human Services, UNH