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340.706.11 METHODS AND APPLICATIONS OF COHORT STUDIES

Department:
Epidemiology
Term:
Summer Inst. term
Credits:
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Location:
East Baltimore
Dates:
Mon 06/25/2012 - Fri 06/29/2012
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Alison Abraham
Course Instructor:

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Prerequisite:

Intermediate-level courses in both epidemiology and biostatistics and some familiarity with data analysis software packages.

Description:

Discusses definition and basic characteristics of cohort studies; graphical methods in epidemiology; methods to estimate and compare incidence rates, including Poisson regression; methods for the analysis of disease-free and survival times; estimation and testing of relative hazards (Cox regression) and of relative times (parametric regression); regression trees for the analysis of prognostic markers; parametric survival analysis and taxonomy of hazards functions using generalized gamma models; methods to nest case-control and case-cohort designs in cohort studies; random effects models for longitudinal data; and the role of cohort studies in evaluating interventions and in guiding public policy. Methods will be illustrated using cohort studies in which faculty have been directly involved. Prerequisite: Intermediate-level courses in both epidemiology and biostatistics and some familiarity with data analysis software packages.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the principles for the design and conduct of cohort studies
  2. Estimate and compare incidence rates, and times-to-event via relative hazards and relative times
  3. Apply analytic methods to data from large, long-term and multicenter cohort studies coordinated by the instructors’ research team
  4. Appreciate the role of cohort studies for the characterization of natural history of diseases; for evaluation of interventions and for guiding public policy
Methods of Assessment:

quizzes and final exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students who have successfully completed 340.728: Methods and Applications of Cohort Studies should not enroll in this course