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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. 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.

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: Homeworks: 15% (3 @ 5%); Quizzes: 45% (3 @ 15%); Project: 40%
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • This is a blended course. Across the course of the term, 12 hours of classroom time will be replaced by outside-of-class work.

  • Monday 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
Special Comments: This class blends traditional classroom time and outside-of-class activities with a corresponding reduction in class sessions. This class will meet twice a week. Students are expected to spend a total of 9-10 hours a week on work outside of the classroom (recorded lectures, readings, homework assignments, quizzes and project).