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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 1st term
Credits: 5 credits
Contact: Ayesha Khan
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015

First offering in the Epidemiologic Methods sequence. Introduces students to history, principles, and concepts of epidemiologic research. Covers epidemiologic reasoning and causal inference, models of disease causation and prevention, and the cohort framework for characterizing the health of populations. Presents measures of population health, measures of association, and screening. Provides experience through laboratory problems with epidemiologic methods and inference, calculation of population health measures, and literature interpretation.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain the applicability of epidemiologic methods in biomedical and public health research
Describe epidemiologic principles for investigating health and disease in populations
Select, calculate and interpret population health measures
Apply causal reasoning to interpreting epidemiologic and other scientific evidence

Methods of Assessment: Written assignment(s), Midterm examination, Final examination.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 8:30 - 9:50
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 9:50
  • Friday 8:30 - 9:50
Lab Times:
  • M W 10:00 - 11:50 (1)
  • M W 10:00 - 11:50 (2)
  • M F 10:00 - 11:50 (3)
  • M F 10:00 - 11:50 (4)
Enrollment Minimum: 30
Enrollment Maximum: 230
Enrollment Restriction: No auditors permitted.
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent required for special students and non-JHSPH students.

For consent, contact:

Prior or concurrent enrollment in Statistical Methods in Public Health I (140.621) or Methods in Biostatistics I (140.651).

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: MPH students who earned a grade of "B" or higher in 340.601 PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY in the summer term may opt to skip the course 340.751 and proceed into 340.752 EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS 2 during the 2nd term. While generally skipping 340.751 is not recommended there may be individual circumstances where it is appropriate, especially if additional preparatory work is done. Contact the Department of Epidemiology for more information: MPH students who have elected the Quantitative Sciences concentration may NOT skip the 340.751 course. You must register for one lab 340.951 when you register for this course. Labs begin at 10:15 AM.