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340.616.01 EPIDEMIOLOGY OF AGING

Department: Epidemiology
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Jennifer Schrack
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:
  • Jennifer Schrack
Description:

Addresses the rapidly increasing need for specialized knowledge among epidemiologists in order to effectively promote the health of the aging society in the US (in 2020, 20% of the US population will be 65 or older). Introduces the epidemiology of aging and age-related disorders, including overviews of the public health impact of an aging society and the demographics and biology of aging. Covers the descriptive and analytic epidemiology of prevalent chronic conditions in the aged, methodologic challenges essential to consider in research on older adults, and strategies for prevention of age-related disorders.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss the public health import of an aging population and the constellation of changes associated with aging that make health issues for older persons important or unique
Discuss the impact of clinically-manifested and subclinical disease, and comorbidity as risk factors for major adverse outcomes in older adults
Describe the epidemiology of major geriatric syndromes, including physical disability, frailty, falls, and cognitive decline in older adults
Discuss opportunities for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in the context of the marked health status heterogeneity of older adults
Integrate general epidemiologic methods and specific gerontology discuss vis-à-vis the design and evaluation of epidemiologic studies of older adults
Identify major epidemiologic, population-based studies of older adults

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on a paper and on problem sets.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Thursday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Auditors only

For consent, contact: jschrack@jhsph.edu
Prerequisite:

1 graduate course each in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (340.601 & 140.621 recommended).

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail