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340.709.11 ADVANCED METHODS IN OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES: INFERENCE

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

Expands beyond introductory level epidemiologic concepts and methods material. Using examples from the published literature, emphasizes inference, evaluation interpretation and the ability to critically evaluate issues related to comparison of populations and synthesizing inferences from observational studies including: descriptive and analytical goals for observational study inference; the counterfactual model for defining exchangeability, cause, and confounding; graphical and analytical tools for assessing causal pathways and investigating their underlying assumptions, including comparing classical and modern approaches for assessing and addressing confounding and mediation.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Utilize and illustrate a framework for distinguishing different inferential goals of an epidemiological study
Define concepts and terminology in causal inference for epidemiology and develop graphical approaches (e.g., DAGs) for models that integrate confounding and mediation effects
Illustrate, interpret, and contrast ‘classical’ (e.g., regression) approaches for addressing confounding with modern techniques (e.g., propensity-score and inverse-weighting methods)
Identify and evaluate approaches for implementing a basic sensitivity analysis

Methods of Assessment: 50% - Take Home Assignment 50% - Final Examination
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 06/17/2013 - Fri 06/21/2013
  • Monday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Thursday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Friday 8:30 - 12:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: Students who have taken 340.608 may not take this course
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

Students must have 1 term of epidemiology (340.601, or equivalent with consent of instructor) and 1 term of biostatistics including knowledge of multivariable regression

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2014-2015