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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Jodi Segal
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Acquaints students with the key elements of pharmacoepidemiology. Explores the utilization and effects of drugs in large numbers of people. Discusses the application of epidemiological methods to pharmacological issues. Focuses heavily on questions of pharmacodynamics, concentrating on clinical patient outcomes and on therapeutics (i.e., appropriate use of drugs). Applies the research methods of clinical epidemiology (e.g., randomized trials, cohort studies, case-control studies) to the content area of pharmacology (e.g., determinants of beneficial and adverse drug effects, effects of genetic variation on drug effect, dose-response relationships, duration-response relationships, clinical effects of potential drug-drug interactions, effects of non-adherence). Examines programmatic efforts to improve medication use on a population basis.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the development of the drug regulation processes in the United States
Recognize the role of industry in drug development
Appraise pharmacovigilance systems
Access different data sources for pharmacoepidemiology studies
Apply epidemiological techniques to questions about drug effectiveness or drug safety

Methods of Assessment: class participation and attendance, performance on a mid-term short answer assignment, and a final written report.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 10:30 - 11:50
  • Thursday 10:30 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Enrollment Restriction: graduate students only
Instructor Consent: No consent required

340.601 or 340.751 or 550.695

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