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340.601.11 Principles of Epidemiology

Summer Inst. term
5 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Mon 06/16/2014 - Thu 07/03/2014
Class Times:
June 16 - July, 3 2014 and Sat, June 21
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:30 - 9:50am
  • Saturday,  8:30 - 9:50am
Lab Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  10:00am - 12:00pm
    lab meets Monday through Friday and one Saturday (6/21), 9:30-noon, students are assigned a lab room and do not register for labs through ISIS (340.901.11)
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Lechaim Naggan
Course Instructor:

Introduces principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation of infectious and noninfectious diseases. Illustrates methods by which studies of the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population can contribute to an understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis. Presents different types of study design, including randomized trials, case-control and cohort studies, risk estimation and causal inferences. Demonstrates the relationship between epidemiology and the development of policy. Laboratory problems provide experience in epidemiologic methods and inferences, illustrating a common-vehicle epidemic; the spread of infectious disease in school, home, and community; epidemiological aspects of a noninfectious disease; vaccination; the epidemiological approach to health services evaluation; rates of morbidity and mortality; sensitivity and specificity; and life table methods. No auditors permitted.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe basic epidemiologic methods and study design
  2. Critically review published epidemiologic papers and assess the validity of their design and their inferences
  3. Explain the role of epidemiologic methods in uncovering the etiology of disease and other health states in order to prevent disease and improve health
  4. Identify the place of epidemiology in outbreak investigation and surveillance
  5. Explain how epidemiologic methods are used in evaluating screening programs and health interventions, and in the development of health policy
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on mid-term and final exams.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

One Saturday session, (6/21), 8:30-noon.