Educational Resources and Tools


Handouts by Dr. Madhukar Pai, a professor in our department:

An Overview of Measurements in Epidemiology
Classification of Study Designs in Epidemiology
Types of case-control designs
10 Commandments for Dealing with Confounding

Dr. Pai, a nominee to McGill's 2013-2014 Faculty Honour List for Excellence in Education, has many more free epidemiology teaching resources on his web site,

Many more teaching resources from around the web are collected at, including various spreadsheets for basic epidemiological calculations.

Epiville is "a set of interactive web-based exercises" used to teach introductory epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

BMJ's Epidemiology for the Uninitiated is a guide to a basic understanding of epidemiology. The book guides readers "through both the theory and practical pitfalls with the aid of familiar examples." The website allows you to browse through the book by chapters.


A BMJ medical publication of the year, Statistics at Square One (1997) is an extensive manual and guide for learning, understanding and reviewing key statistical topics in medical research.

It covers topics such as basic descriptional and quantitative statistics, different statistical tests, correlationand regression, survival analyses, study design and how to choose an appropriate statistical test.

Occupational health

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is a national website,that promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing information and advice about occupational health and safety.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is under the United States Department of Labor. The website provides different resources sorted by topics, inspection data, regulations, pubilcations, training programs and OSHA related news.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) website is governed buy the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The web site provides links to resources, programs, funding and training, upcoming conferences, information on topics like hazards and exposures, diseases and injuries, chemicals, emergency preparedness and response, and data & statistics. The website is constantly updated with news spotlights related to occupational safety and health.

Health and Safety Executive

The Health and Safety Executive is a UK governmental organization. The website provides various news related to health and safety, and provide browsable health & safety topics. It also provides information on various UK-based or Europe-based health & safety campaigns, as well as statistics and other research.

Drug Infonet

Drug Infonet provides drug and disease information for any healthcare need. Their website provides information on drugs, pharmaceuticals, health news and information, and information on diseases. Offical package and patient package inserts for specific drugs can be found on their website. The website also contains a very extensive Disease and Drug FAQs section where Drug InfoNet users submit questions that are answered by the Drug InfoNet Doctor.

Hardin MD

Hardin MD is a service provided by the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa. "Hardin MD was first launched in 1996, as a source to find the best lists, or directories, of information in health and medicine."

The Hardin MD website sorts available links by disease. By selecting a disease to look at, the website provides a list of other links and directories relevant to the selected disease. Furthermore, the site provides a list of relevant subjects/diseases that should be looked at in relation to the chosen disease as well.

Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

The Integrated Risk Information System is maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "The IRIS is an electronic database containing information on human health effects that may result from exposure to various substances in the environment. IRIS is prepared and maintained by the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the Office of Research and Development (ORD).

The heart of the IRIS system is its collection of searchable documents that describe the health effects of individual substances and that contain descriptive and quantitative information in the following categories:

Health, Environment and Work

The Health, Environment and Work website provides many academically based educational resources (also available as FAQs), a search facility, as well as vetted and updated 'links' relating to Occupational and Environmental Health and Medicine. It is maintained by Dr Raymond Agius. Of particular interest for Occupational Health studies is the Index of Educational Resources: Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Health, which constains an comprehensive directory of educational guides and resources for main Occupational Health topics and diseases.

Toxnet (Toxicology Data Network)

The Toxnet (Toxicology Data Network)is a online searchable collection of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Toxnet is a service provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Where to find Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on the Internet

Where to find MSDSs on the Internet is a directory of internet resources and sites with collections of Material Safety Data Sheets. The directory provides a thorough description of all the internet sites: the number of MSDS, registration requirements, details about fees (free or not), and also categorizes the types of internet sites found (general, governmenta, chemical companies, pesticides and miscellaneous).

Occupational Health Links

Public health

"The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's OPENCOURSEWARE (OCW) project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses. As challenges to the world's health escalate daily, the School feels a moral imperative to provide equal and open access to information and knowledge about the obstacles to the public's health and their potential solutions." Topics include: general public health, HIV/AIDS, Infectious diseases, refugee health, mental health, chronic diseases, etc.

Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health "is a repository of lectures on global health and prevention designed to improve the teaching of prevention. Supercourse has a network of over 55000 scientists in 174 countries who are sharing for free a library of 3504 lectures in 26 languages. The Supercourse has been produced at the WHO Collaborating Center University of Pittsburgh, with core developers Ronald LaPorte, Ph.D., Faina Linkov, Ph.D., Mita Lovalekar, M.D., Ph.D. and Eugene Shubnikov M.D."