340.608.11 OBSERVATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
Expands upon material presented in introductory level epidemiologic concepts and methods material, using examples from the published literature. 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; models and tools for assessing causation and confounding; and synthesis of inferences from observational studies.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to: 1. Discuss models and inference underlying observational studies 2. Describe approaches for constructing measures of disease occurrence and association 3. Describe and recognize potential causes of confounding in epidemiologic studies 4. Identify key considerations for exposure-disease summarization 5. Characterize sources of bias in observational studies 6. Link scientific questions with appropriate analytical methods
340.601 or 550.691-692; prior or concurrent enrollment in 140.612 or equivalent.