Introduction of Course

Epidemiology is to study the distribution and the related factors of health-related status in the population, and to study the development and assessment of strategies and measurements on disease control and prevention. Epidemiology is the essential and principle course in the field of preventive medicine, and also a basic medical course. Medical students of different levels and majors are acquired for this course. The most difficult point and also the most important point of this course is to establish a thinking method among the students that is different from both the basic medicine and clinical medicine, which famous for “the view of population”, “the view of comparison” and “the view of probability”. This course has set up the three-dimensional teaching pattern based on teaching material construction, theoretical teaching, and practice teaching.

Introduction of Department

Tianjin Medical University Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics was founded in 2012 with Professor Xilin Yang as the current chair and Professor Zhong Sun as the current deputy chair. The department came from combination of the previous Department of Epidemiology and Department of Health Statistics, founded in 1957 and 1978, respectively. Led by predecessors, Professor Guangyi Geng, Professor Zhenlun Wang and Professor Jianhua Wang, and health statisticians, Ruotao Wang and Wei Wang, the academic subject has developed into the key subject for construction of the “211 Project” and the key subject of Tianjin, with the accreditation of PhD education (with the right to confer PhD degree) and a station of postdoctoral research. The course Epidemiology is awarded the title ‘National Course of Excellence’, the courseEpidemiology and Health is awarded the title ‘National quality video courses’, and the course ofHealth Statistics is awarded the title ‘Tianjin Course of Excellence’.

At present, the department has a faculty of 14 teaching staff members, including 5 professors, 5 associate professors, and 3 PhD mentors and 6 master degree mentors. To date, 15 students have obtained PhD degree and more than 100 students have obtained master degrees from the department. The department owns a faculty with quality-teaching capacity and in different age groups, majority of them having MD, PhD or master degrees. The teaching audience covers a wide range of students from different majors such as preventive medicine, clinical medicine, nursing, medical laboratory, optics, rehabilitation, and the course covers different levels, i.e., undergraduate students and postgraduate students and overseas students.

The department has chief-edited Epidemiology (versions 1 to 8), the National Planned Teaching Book for Higher Education, andPreventive Medicine (versions 1 to 2), the “115” National Planned Teaching Book for Higher Education. In the past 5 years, the department has chief-edited, deputy-chief-edited, or edited 50 text books or specialty books; undertaken 10 education reform projects with 15 articles on education reform published; Obtained several national, Tianjin city level and the universality-level awards of outstanding teaching achievements; obtained 4 national research grants, 17 Tainjin city level research grants or other provincial level research grants, 10 bureau-level research grants, with a cumulative revenue of over Chinese Yuan 3 million; published 200 peer-reviewed articles including 40 articles indexed by Web of Science; and obtained 2 Tianjin Scientific Advancing Awards and 7 other research awards.

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