Detectives in the Classroom


Epidemiology is a fundamental population science and tries to answer questions about health-related behaviors and outcomes in populations. Epidemiologists study how health and disease are distributed in populations and the factors that influence or determine those distributions. Why does a disease develop in some people and not others? Why are some people healthier than others? The premise underlying epidemiology is that disease and health-related factors are not randomly distributed in a population. Rather, each of us has certain characteristics, life situations and habits that predispose us, or do not predispose us, to states of health and illness.

Why develop an epidemiology curriculum for middle and high school students?

Why is the curriculum called Detectives in the Classroom?

The basis of Detectives: Five Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings

How does Detectives align with National Science Education Standards?