The computer-based epidemiologic case studies are self-instructional interactive exercises based on real-life outbreaks and public health problems. They were developed in collaboration with the original investigators and experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These case studies emulate the traditional classroom case study experience but take advantage of the self-instructional design. Students can complete the computer-based case studies on their own time and at their own pace and decide which learning activities they undertake.
In the computer-based case studies, students can access hints and reference materials. When answering questions, students receive feedback tailored to their answers. Students needing more remedial work have the option to review basic epidemiologic and public health concepts. Curious students can explore topics of interest through special lessons.
Although designed to be self-instructional, the computer-based case studies can be used in the classroom setting as a group exercise, homework, or test to reinforce concepts covered in class. Instructor materials, provided with each case study, describe ways the case study may be used in the classroom setting, resources available through the case study, and topics for further discussion with students.
Although based on classroom case studies also available through this website, the computer-based versions are more basic than the classroom versions and emphasize different learning objectives.