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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 5 credits
Contact: Ayesha Khan
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

Second offering in the Epidemiologic Methods sequence. Builds on the concepts of epidemiologic reasoning, causal inference, and cohort design taught in Epidemiologic Methods 1. Provides a detailed presentation of threats to validity (information, confounding and selection bias), precision, and study generalizability. Discusses a wide range of epidemiologic designs in detail, together with their advantages and limitations. Provides experience through laboratory exercises with epidemiologic methods and inference, issues in study design, calculation of measures of association, and literature interpretation.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Understand how epidemiologist evaluate whether an observed association likely reflects a causal relationship
Compare and contrast epidemiologic study designs and identify questions that can be appropriately answered with these different designs
Recognize and analyze the most important threats to validity: selection, information and confounding bias
Understand how to analyze and interpret effect modification

Methods of Assessment: Written assignment(s), mini-project, 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 F 10:00 - 11:50 (1)
  • M F 10:00 - 11:50 (2)
  • M W 10:00 - 11:50 (3)
  • M W 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:

Epidemiologic Methods 1 (340.751), Statistical Methods in Public Health I (140.621) or Methods in Biostatistics I (140.651), and prior or concurrent enrollment in Statistical Methods in Public Health II (140.622) or Methods in Biostatistics II (140.652).

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: You must register for one lab 340.952 when you register for this course. Labs begin at 10:15 AM.