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340.753.01 EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS 3

Department:
Epidemiology
Term:
3rd term
Credits:
5 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W F,  8:30 - 9:50am
Lab Times:
  • M F,  10:00 - 11:50am (01)
  • M F,  10:00 - 11:50am (02)
  • M W,  10:00 - 11:50am (03)
  • M W,  10:00 - 11:50am (04)
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Ayesha Khan
Course Instructors:

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Description:

Third offering in the Epidemiologic Methods sequence. Expands on the presentation of modern epidemiologic inference emphasizing the theory and practice of epidemiologic data analysis. Covers, in detail, detection and analysis of confounding and effect modification using multivariable models in the context of the major epidemiological study designs. Develops an understanding of the underlying principles & assumptions, practical application, and correct interpretation of the epidemiologic results using appropriate multivariable models. Provides experience through laboratory exercises with applying epidemiologic analysis in both infectious and non-infectious disease settings.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Link appropriate analytic models with public health research questions and epidemiologic study designs
  2. Conduct and interpret epidemiologic analyses from a range of multivariable models (including linear, logistic, and Cox regression models)
  3. Account for the presence of confounding bias using both stratified approaches and multivariable regression
  4. Identify and critically evaluate different approaches to modeling complex exposures including dose-response relationships & time-varying exposures
  5. Analyze data for the presence of effect modification
  6. Critically discuss model limitations with respect to: misspecification, outliers and residual bias
Methods of Assessment:

Written assignment(s), Midterm examination, Final examination.

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

Prerequisite:

Epidemiologic Methods 1 and 2 (340.751, 340.752), Statistical Methods in Public Health I and II (140.621, 140.622) or Methods in Biostatistics I and II (140.651, 140.652), and prior or concurrent enrollment in Statistical Methods in Public Health III (140.623) or Methods in Biostatistics III (140.653).

Special Comments:

You must register for one lab 340.953 when you register for this course. Labs begin at 10:15 AM.