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340.663.13 EPIDEMIOLOGY WORKSHOP: INTERPRETING AND USING EPIDEMIOLOGIC EVIDENCE

Department:
Epidemiology
Term:
Winter Inst. term
Credits:
2 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Location:
East Baltimore
Dates:
Mon 01/12/2015 - Fri 01/16/2015
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Carlos Castillo-Salgado
Course Instructor:

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Prerequisite:

one course in Epidemiology

Description:

Workshops intended to build skills in using findings from epidemiologic studies for practice and policy purposes. Students develop skills in the utilization of findings from epidemiologic studies. Uses an interactive, problem-based approach that draws from topical issues, such as hormone-replacement therapy and heart disease risk. Students critique articles and also read and evaluate reports that synthesize evidence from the literature for policy formulation. Students gain an understanding of systematic reviews and meta-analysis and of criteria for evidence classification. Stresses the characterization of uncertainty. Examines how epidemiological evidence is used in decision-making in public health venues and other settings.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop skills in reading and evaluating epidemiological studies
  2. Interpret syntheses of epidemiological evidence carried out for purposes of policy translation
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation will be based on class and group participation (10%), completion of two laboratories (40%) and a written critique of an epidemiological article (50%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required