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340.608.01 Observational Epidemiology

2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W F,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Elizabeth Golub
Course Instructors:

340.601 or 550.694-695 or 340.751; prior or concurrent enrollment in 140.612 or equivalent.


Expands upon material presented in Principles of Epidemiology (340.601) and provides opportunity to learn more about epidemiologic concepts as applied to cohort and case-control studies. Emphasizes interpretation and the ability to critically evaluate observational study designs and methods of data analysis. Intermediate concepts include measures of association, bias, confounding, and interaction/effect modification, and are illustrated in the context of analytic observational study designs.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss models and inference underlying observational studies
  2. Describe approaches for constructing measures of disease occurrence and association
  3. Describe and recognize potential causes of confounding in epidemiologic studies
  4. Identify key considerations for exposure-disease summarization
  5. Characterize sources of bias in observational studies
  6. Link scientific questions with appropriate analytical methods
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on three quizzes (20% each) and a 2-part project (25% for Part A; 15% for Part B).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required