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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Elizabeth Golub
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:

Expands upon material presented in introductory level epidemiologic concepts and methods material, using examples from the published literature through weekly online lectures. Emphasizes the interpretation and the ability to critically evaluate issues related to populations/ study design, measurement, population comparisons and inference, including: modern cohort study designs; advanced nested designs; novel techniques for exposure assessment; interpretation and utility of measures of impact; sources of bias and methods for their prevention; descriptive and analytical goals for observational study inference; the counterfactual model for defining exchangeability, cause, and confounding; and synthesis of inferences from observational studies.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe modern design features for cohort studies, including use of existing clinical and administrative databases
Compare and contrast various nested designs, including methods for participant selection and analysis
Identify biases resulting from participant selection and misallocation of person-time and Identify and interpret epidemiologic measures of disease frequency
Describe the issues underlying measurement of exposures and outcomes in observational research
Identify the effect of measurement error and bias on epidemiologic inferences and calculate and contrast measures of association and measures of impact.
Utilize and illustrate a framework for distinguishing different inferential goals of an epidemiological study
Define concepts and terminology in causal inference for epidemiology and develop graphical approaches (e.g., DAGs) for models that integrate confounding and mediation effects
lllustrate, interpret, and contrast ‘classical’ (e.g., regression) approaches for addressing confounding with modern techniques (e.g., propensity-score and inverse-weighting methods)
Identify and critically analyze contemporaneous articles that utilize epidemiologic designs and methods
Articulate concerns about limitations in the epidemiological approach

Methods of Assessment: In class quizzes: 30% (3 @ 10% each) Take home quizzes: 45% (3 @ 15% each) Class Project: 25%
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

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