340.601.60 Principles of Epidemiology
- 1st term
- 5 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2014 - 2015
- East Baltimore
- Class Times:
- M W F, 10:30 - 11:20am
- Lab Times:
M F, 8:30 - 10:00am (01)
M F, 8:30 - 10:00am (02)
W F, 8:30 - 10:00am (03)
W F, 8:30 - 10:00am (04)
M W, 8:30 - 10:00am (05)
M W, 8:30 - 10:00am (06)
Introduces principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation of infectious and noninfectious diseases. Illustrates methods by which studies of the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population can contribute to an understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis. Presents different types of study design, including randomized trials, case-control and cohort studies, risk estimation and causal inferences. Demonstrates the relationship between epidemiology and the development of policy. Laboratory problems provide experience in epidemiologic methods and inferences, illustrating a common-vehicle epidemic; the spread of infectious disease in school, home, and community; epidemiological aspects of a noninfectious disease; vaccination; the epidemiological approach to health services evaluation; rates of morbidity and mortality; sensitivity and specificity; and life table methods. No auditors permitted.
- Learning Objectives:
- Describe basic epidemiologic methods and study design
- Critically review published epidemiologic papers and assess the validity of their design and their inferences
- Explain the role of epidemiologic methods in uncovering the etiology of disease and other health states in order to prevent disease and improve health
- Identify the place of epidemiology in outbreak investigation and surveillance
- Explain how epidemiologic methods are used in evaluating screening programs and health interventions, and in the development of health policy
- Methods of Assessment:
Mid-term exam 30%, Final exam 40%; Homework assignments 20%, Online lecture quizzes 10%.
- Enrollment Restriction:
Special students permitted with instructors permission only. No undergraduates permitted in this course.
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required
- Special Comments:
Labs are held Monday/Friday, Wednesday/Friday, or Monday/Wednesday. Students must register for one of the labs 340.901 when they register for class. This class blends traditional classroom time and outside-of-class activities with a corresponding reduction in class sessions.