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340.682.01 Pharmacoepidemiology Methods

2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jodi Segal
Course Instructor:

340.601 or 340.751 or 550.695


Acquaints students with the key elements of pharmacoepidemiology. Explores the utilization and effects of drugs in large numbers of people. Discusses the application of epidemiological methods to pharmacological issues. Focuses heavily on questions of pharmacodynamics, concentrating on clinical patient outcomes and on therapeutics (i.e., appropriate use of drugs). Applies the research methods of clinical epidemiology (e.g., randomized trials, cohort studies, case-control studies) to the content area of pharmacology (e.g., determinants of beneficial and adverse drug effects, effects of genetic variation on drug effect, dose-response relationships, duration-response relationships, clinical effects of potential drug-drug interactions, effects of non-adherence). Examines programmatic efforts to improve medication use on a population basis.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the development of the drug regulation processes in the United States
  2. Recognize the role of industry in drug development
  3. Appraise pharmacovigilance systems
  4. Access different data sources for pharmacoepidemiology studies
  5. Apply epidemiological techniques to questions about drug effectiveness or drug safety
Methods of Assessment:

class participation and attendance, performance on a mid-term short answer assignment, and a final written report.

Enrollment Restriction:

graduate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required