Advanced Methods in Observational Studies: Design
June 15-19, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Number: 340.708.11
Expands beyond introductory level epidemiologic concepts and methods material, using examples from the published literature. Emphasizes interpretation and the ability to critically evaluate issues related to populations/study design and measurement including: modern cohort study designs; advanced nested designs; novel techniques for exposure assessment; interpretation and utility of measures of impact; sources of bias and methods for their prevention.
Student Evaluation: 4 brief daily quizzes, each of which will have both in-class and take-home components; each daily quiz will be weighted equally
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe modern design features for cohort studies, including use of existing clinical and administrative databases
- Compare and contrast various nested designs, including methods for participant selection and analysis
- Calculate and contrast measures of association and measures of impact
- Identify biases resulting from participant selection and misallocation of person-time
- Critically evaluate published epidemiologic studies
Prerequisite: One term of epidemiology (340.601 or equivalent)
Enrollment Restriction: Students who have completed 340.608 may not take this course
Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Materials: Provided in class and through CoursePlus