An Epidemic Disease in South Carolina

Alex Langmuir
Date published
Dec, 2003
Last updated
21 Jan 2020


Based on Goldberger's studies of pellagra in the Southeastern United States of America in the 1910s; uses descriptive epidemiology and biologic categories of disease; presented as an unidentified illness (no clinical info) to focus thinking on epidemiologic features. Good as either introductory (descriptive epi) or wrap-up (epidemiologic reasoning) exercise.


  • Apply the principles of descriptive epidemiology (time, place, person) in the investigation of a disease outbreak
  • Characterize the epidemiology of a disease with appropriate tables, graphs, and charts, and generate hypotheses related to etiology