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340.688.01 PRACTICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR BASIC SCIENTISTS

Department: Epidemiology
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: William Moss
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
Description:

Introduces students of laboratory sciences to the population science of epidemiology, including methods and approaches to measurement, study design and inference. Similar in content to Principles of Epidemiology 340.601; however, examples highlight the interface between epidemiology and laboratory sciences, including the use of biomarkers to measure of exposure, outcome and risk.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Distinguish study, target and source populations.
2. Calculate and interpret basic epidemiologic measures of disease frequency, validity and precision.
3. Identify distinguishing features of fundamental study designs, including randomized clinical trials, cohort studies and case-control studies.
4. Calculate basic measures used to compare disease frequencies, identify and classify sources of information and selection bias, identify concepts and frameworks useful for inferring causation, and define confounding.
5. Identify the contributions of laboratory methods to epidemiologic studies and the similarities and differences in scientific methods.

Methods of Assessment: Multiple choice midterm (40%) and final (60%) examinations.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 2:20
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 2:20
  • Friday 1:30 - 2:20
Enrollment Minimum: 30
Enrollment Restriction: Restricted to students in EHS, MMI, and BMB only
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

none

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Students interested in a more in-depth understanding of epidemiology should consider taking Principles of Epidemiology (340.601) or Epidemiologic Methods (340.751) esp. students in the departments of PFRH, IH, MH, HBS, CI, Biost.