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Department: Epidemiology
Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Ayesha Khan
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Focuses on how science in general and epidemiology in particular are used to formulate and implement health and regulatory policies. Will address several questions: How do we distinguish between good science and so called “junk science”? What are the roles of epidemiologists, other professionals—including clinicians, nurses, researchers in other fields—government, industry, and the courts? When should established expert opinions be questioned? What should be done when the available evidence is equivocal and/or controversial? How does science fare in the legislative, regulatory, and judicial settings? What factors, processes are involved in implementation of appropriate policy? Results of systematic reviews and meta-analyses discussed for case examples such as screening recommendations for breast and prostate cancers, potential hazards of breast implants, tobacco use, general environmental health policies, and issues related to vaccine research and immunization policies.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Assess the contribution of scientific findings to the making of public policy
Assess the contribution of scientific findings to the making of clinical decisions and the development of practice guidelines
Differentiate between good science and junk science
Examine the legislative, regulatory, and legal perspectives of policymaking
Examine the interplay among the various determinants of policy and clinical decision making
Perform an introductory level of systematic reviews and meta-analysis on a selected topic

Methods of Assessment: Exam
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 06/10/2013 - Fri 06/14/2013
  • Monday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Thursday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Friday 1:30 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Knowledge of basic epidemiology is recommended.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail