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340.752.01 EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS 2

Department:
Epidemiology
Term:
2nd term
Credits:
5 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W F,  8:30 - 9:50am
Lab Times:
  • M W,  10:00 - 11:50am (01)
  • M W,  10:00 - 11:50am (02)
  • M F,  10:00 - 11:50am (03)
  • M F,  10:00 - 11:50am (04)
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Ayesha Khan
Course Instructors:

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Prerequisite:

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).

Description:

Second offering in the Epidemiologic Methods sequence. Builds on the concepts of epidemiologic reasoning, population health measures, validity, and study design taught in Epidemiologic Methods 1. Provides a detailed presentation of causal inference, study design and threats to validity (confounding, information bias and selection bias). Discusses a wide range of epidemiologic designs in detail, together with their advantages and limitations. Laboratory exercises, assignments, and the MiniProject provide experience with applying concepts and calculations to problems drawn from real epidemiological data and published literature.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Understand how epidemiologists evaluate whether an observed association likely reflects a causal relationship
  2. Compare and contrast epidemiologic study designs and identify questions that can be appropriately answered with these different designs
  3. Recognize and analyze the most important threats to validity: confounding, information bias, and selection bias
  4. Analyze and interpret effect modification
  5. Design and critically assess epidemiologic studies
Methods of Assessment:

One written assignment (5%), a midterm (40%) and a CUMULATIVE final examination (40%), participation with the in-lab Mini-Project (6%), and at-home lab questions (9%).

Enrollment Restriction:

No auditors permitted.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for special students and non-JHSPH students.

For consent, contact:

akhan@jhsph.edu

Special Comments:

You must register for one lab 340.952 when you register for this course. Labs begin at 10:15 AM.