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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: J. Young
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Presents lectures and interactive sessions designed to expose students to basic principles of clinical epidemiology and introduce key methods utilized in clinical outcomes research. Focuses on principles and methods in clinical epidemiology which would be most utilized by clinicians/clinician researchers for screening and diagnosis of illness as well as for prognostication and decision-making. Incorporates principles and methods related to measurement of relevant patient outcomes such as patient preferences and health related quality of life. Introduces methods and issues in studying clinical effectiveness of health care technologies and providers (e.g. administrative data).

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the origins of clinical epidemiology as a discipline and what void in the health sciences clinical epidemiology has filled
Calculate and describe the advantages and disadvantages of using likelihood ratios and ROC curves to evaluate diagnostic tests
Complete and utilize simple decision analysis trees.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of using clinical trials, observational studies, decision analyses and meta-analysis techniques to develop clinical practice guidelines
Describe important outcomes, and issues in measuring those outcomes, when evaluating a medical technology or practice

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation and a take-home final exam.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 8:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

340.751 (Epidemiologic Methods 1)

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