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340.608.01 OBSERVATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY

Department: Epidemiology
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Elizabeth Golub
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:
Description:

Expands upon material presented in Principles of Epidemiology (340.601) and provides opportunity to learn more about epidemiologic concepts as applied to cohort and case-control studies. Emphasizes interpretation and the ability to critically evaluate observational study designs and methods of data analysis. Intermediate concepts include measures of association, bias, confounding, and interaction/effect modification, and are illustrated in the context of analytic observational study designs.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss models and inference underlying observational studies
Describe approaches for constructing measures of disease occurrence and association
Describe and recognize potential causes of confounding in epidemiologic studies
Identify key considerations for exposure-disease summarization
Characterize sources of bias in observational studies
Link scientific questions with appropriate analytical methods

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on three quizzes (20% each) and a 2-part project (25% for Part A; 15% for Part B).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 9:00 - 10:20
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 10:20
  • Friday 9:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

340.601 or 550.694-695 or 340.751; prior or concurrent enrollment in 140.612 or equivalent.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail