340.601.94 PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY
- 2nd term
- 5 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2012 - 2013
- Auditors Allowed:
- Yes, with instructor consent
- Grading Restriction:
- Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
- Felicity Turner
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
- identify the place of epidemiology in preventive medicine and disease investigation
- explain how epidemiologic methods are used to evaluate new drugs and other therapeutic modalities, the benefits of screening and early disease detection, and alternative ways of delivering health care
- Methods of Assessment:
Student evaluation based on mid-term and final exams.
- Enrollment Restriction:
MPH / IIHMR program participants only
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required
- Special Comments:
Course will be held in India at the India Institute of Health Management Research.