Teaching Epidemiology Then and Now

Elizabeth Vasquez, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

How people get access to information is changing, and that means that classrooms are no longer a place where people go to simply receive knowledge. Widespread access to information online means that means faculty members must change how they teach, Dr. Vasquez says. She has transformed her own teaching methods from “faculty-centered” to “student-centered,” replacing lectures with active learning techniques. These include small group discussions, asking students to demonstrate concepts for the class and to teach each other, and creating opportunities to practice new skills. “I think of every class that I teach as a canvas, and that canvas gets different paintings as we move along,” she says.