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340.607.01 Introduction to Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology

3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W F,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Josef Coresh
Course Instructor:

340.751 or 340.601 or equivalent; 140.622 or equivalent; and knowledge of clinical and pathological aspects of diseases covered


Discusses the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease, focusing on coronary heart disease, stroke, and end stage renal disease, emphasizing the interrelationships of biological and behavioral aspects. Focuses on established major modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, putative risk factors, and genetic susceptibility. Covers the social burden of disease and prevention strategies.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. discuss the definition and symptoms associated with the various cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, and kidney disease
  2. describe the major cardiovascular disease risk factors (hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, diabetes, and smoking) as well as key pathophysiologic processes (atherosclerosis, inflammation and oxidative damage)
  3. list the pathogenic sequence of events leading to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease is discussed as well as the environmental, behavioral and genetic influences on the underlying processes
  4. discuss strategies for primary and secondary prevention as well as relevant cohort studies and clinical trials are reviewed
  5. discuss risk score and behavioral aspects of risk as a basis for prevention as a foundation for epidemiologic study design and research
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class discussion, a mid-term take-home exam, and a final exam.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required