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340.769.01 Professional Epidemiology Methods

3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  9:00 - 10:20am
Lab Times:
  • Friday,  8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Carlos Castillo
Course Instructors:

340.608 OR 340.752


Trains future leaders using advanced epidemiological methods applied in modern public health practice, and provides students with the key epidemiological competencies for mid-level and senior-level epidemiologists. 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. Addresses the role of available epidemiological evidence and translational research for public health programs.

Learning Objectives:

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. Describe and apply the main epidemiological risk measures (RR, PAR) in developing epidemiological profiles of critical populations and areas at local and national levels.
  3. Review and use decision analysis methods for informing evidence-based decision-making using epidemiological data.
  4. Identify and apply epidemiological metrics and tools for health priority selection, health needs assessments and measuring health inequalities.
  5. Identify and critically evaluate and use epidemiologic measures of effectiveness in public health program evaluation.
  6. Identify key methodological considerations when using epidemiological evidence and knowledge as translational research in public health programs.
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation 35%: [lecture and lab attendance 15% (each)+group presentation 5%], lab assignments 35%, and take home final 30%.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course replaces 340.763 and 340.764. Students who have previously taken these courses should not retake this course.