Epidemiology in the Age of Healthcare Reform

Rosemary Cannon, PhD, University of New Hampshire, Emmanual Rudatsikira, Dr.PH, Old Dominion University, and Edmond Hooker, Dr.PH, Xavier University recently presented an educational session at the annual meeting of the Association of University: Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA) held in Minneapolis. The topic was called Teaching Epidemiology in the Age of Health Care Reform.

In summary, participants were asked to understand epidemiology as increasing knowledge, not being statistical. If the body of knowledge is epidemiological, then:

measurement>causation>critical review of literature>data>practical applications>clinical vs. managerial>ethics>health literacy.

The resulting question: in managerial epidemiology, is the data good enough to make decisions?