340.688.01 Practical Epidemiology for Basic Scientists
- 4th term
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2014 - 2015
- East Baltimore
- Class Times:
- M W F, 1:30 - 2:20pm
Introduces students of laboratory sciences to the population science of epidemiology, including methods and approaches to measurement, study design and inference. Similar in content to Principles of Epidemiology 340.601; however, examples highlight the interface between epidemiology and laboratory sciences, including the use of biomarkers to measure of exposure, outcome and risk.
- Learning Objectives:
- Distinguish study, target and source populations
- Calculate and interpret basic epidemiologic measures of disease frequency, validity and precision
- Identify distinguishing features of fundamental study designs, including randomized clinical trials, cohort studies and case-control studies
- Calculate basic measures used to compare disease frequencies, identify and classify sources of information and selection bias, identify concepts and frameworks useful for inferring causation, and define confounding
- Identify the contributions of laboratory methods to epidemiologic studies and the similarities and differences in scientific methods
- Methods of Assessment:
Multiple choice midterm examination (30%), final (50%) examination and two on-line quizzes (10% each).
- Enrollment Restriction:
Restricted to students in EHS, MMI, and BMB only
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required
- Special Comments:
Students interested in a more in-depth understanding of epidemiology should consider taking Principles of Epidemiology (340.601) or Epidemiologic Methods (340.751) esp. students in the departments of PFRH, IH, MH, HBS, CI, Biost.