Instructions to the authors
March 14th, 2007
This course is designed to provide an overview on epidemiology and the
Internet for medical and health related students around the world who are
relatively novice in the fields.
It is very important to have a consistent format for
the lectures as
part of the Supercourse. Here we outline the structure of the presentations.
We can help you develop each aspect of the format should you not have
the capabilities at your institution. For example, if it is impossible
for you to produce PowerPoint slides, we will do this for some of you.
Please contact some of the people below so that we can
help you. What is important to us is to have you teach in the course. We
can help, or do the technical aspects if needed. Please also refer
to the lecture, How to provide a
lecture for the Supercourse which describes 'how-to' in the
Supercourse presentation format.
1. Learning Objectives:
There needs to be stated a set of learning objectives. Thus for the
second lecture on the Epidemiologic Transition the learning objectives
- To understand the concept of the Epidemiologic Transition
- To view local and national trends in disease in light of the Epidemiologic
- To understand the importance of Geographic Differences in Disease
2. Performance Objectives:
By the end of the course the student should be able to use the information.
Performance objectives are to be stated to indicate what the students can
do with the new information e.g.:
- Examine the trends of disease and predict the future patterns of disease
- Graph and interpret geographic patterns in disease
- Understand the importance of monitoring disease
The learning and performance objectives can be sent to us as an ASCII
file, and we will put these in your talk.
3. Development of the Lecture:
- First Slide: Title, readings and who you are. In the first slide the
title should provide an overview of the topic to be covered. There should
be hypertext links to readings on the web (e.g., text books or other
readings) which pertain to the topics of interest. In some topics there
may not be any good readings on the web. Your name and picture should
be on the slide.
If you send us your picture, we will scan it in. We want to have the
students see who you are. Ideally, we would want to click onto your name
and bring up your own individual home page, which we would help you make.
- Second Slide: In the second slide we want two to three paragraphs
you are, how you became involved with this topic, and why you are excited
about it. You can see examples of this in lectures which are already on
- Slide construction:
- We need to have your slides prepared in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows.
It can be created in any version of PowerPoint. We will convert it to PowerPoint
- Slide background: For the slide
background, please use as few colors as possible so that its transfer on
the Internet will be as fast as possible. Please avoid a white
- Font and its size for a slide: For
the text on the slide, please use "Ariel" or "Tahoma," if possible.
Please use fonts as large as you can, at least 44
point. See the examples of how slides appear on the web.
Total lines on the slide should be less than 9.
For a web presentation, this slide is hard to read even though the font
size is 44. It is a good slide for the usual slide presentation,
This slide is very easy to read on the web, though it may be poor
for the usual slide presentation. Please use as
big a font as possible
- Text font color in a slide:
You may select a few colors for the font in slide.
- Table in a slide: In a table on
the slide, use only bold fonts, avoid italics, and select 36 point or
bigger for the font size.
- Graph in a slide: In a graph
on the slide, use only bold fonts, avoid italics, and select 26 points
or bigger for the font size.
- Note beside a slide: A note is
presented beside the slide. One hundred words
Abbreviations in the slide can be spelled out here.
- Hyperlinks from within a slide or a
Please put hyperlinks from within a slide or a note. For older versions
of PowerPoint it is not possible to put hyperlinks into the slide or notes.
Please refer to the Resource page,
especially Epidemiology for the
Uninitiated and Statistics at
and put a link to a relevant chapter from your lecture.
If you use an older version of PowerPoint which does not permit you to
add notes or hyperlinks, please provide a text file of the text that
slide and the URL(s) which should be linked to each slide. When you
send the slides to us we can add the notes or hyperlinks into the
- The total number of slides should be between 20-30.
- We will convert your slides from an older version of PowerPoint to
the newest, and we will put them onto the Web. To your lecture we will
add the peer review form as well as links to other lectures. It will
usually take one to two weeks to bring your lecture up onto the web.
- Your name will be listed in the contributors section as well as for
- We will maintain a list server for the people who contributed to the
development of the work.
4. Who to contact with questions:
5. How to send your lecture to us:
6. Author acknowledgment and
As a submitting author, you acknowledge that your submission, including
slides, will be posted on the Supercourse website and will be freely
accessible for use as shareware to be used and shared by others without
By the submission of your lecture and slides to the Supercourse, you
represent that you have the right to provide your submission as shareware
to be used and shared by others without restriction, including permission
from the third parties, as may be required. You also represent that the
information contained in your submission is accurate and not libelous.
[1. Learning Objectives]
[2. Performance Objectives]
[3. Development of the Lecture]
[4. Who to contact with questions]
[5. How to send your lecture to us]
[6. Author acknowledgment and respresentations]