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340.764.01 PROFESSIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY METHODS II

Department: Epidemiology
Term: 4th term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Carlos Castillo
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Description:

Trains future leaders using advanced epidemiological methods applied in modern public health practice. Provides students with the key epidemiological competencies for mid-level and senior-level epidemiologists. Focuses on epidemiological methods and tools used in key health situation analyses. Covers examples of health priority assessments, health needs assessments, epidemiological stratification of public health problems, measuring health inequalities and evaluation of effectiveness of public health programs, using real public health scenarios and available health information datasets. Also covers selected methods for translating epidemiologic data for decision-making. Additionally, addresses the role of available epidemiological evidence and translational research for public health programs.

Learning Objective(s):

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to: 1) Recognize the framework of essential public health functions and services for developing prospective epidemiological scenarios. 2) Identify and apply main epidemiological metrics and tools for health priority selection and health needs assessments 3) Describe and apply the main epidemiological risk measures (RR, RAp) in developing epidemiological profiles of critical populations and areas at local and national levels. 4) Identify and critically evaluate and use of epidemiologic measures of effectiveness in public health program evaluation. 5) Review and use basic geospatial statistics for recognizing health surveillance clusters and epidemiological threshold levels for outbreak alerts. 6) Identify key methodological aspects in using epidemiological evidence and knowledge as translational research in public health programs.


Methods of Assessment: Participation in lectures and labs: 35%; Lab assignments: 35%; Final Exam: 30%
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 9:00 - 10:20
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

340.763 Professional Epid Methods I or consent of instructor

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Second of two classes designed to train future leaders using advanced epidemiological methods applied in modern public health practice.