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340.708.11 Advanced Methods in Observational Studies: Design


Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ayesha Khan
Course Instructors:

Students must have one term of epidemiology (340.601 or equivalent) or consent of instructor


Expands beyond introductory level epidemiologic concepts and methods material, using examples from the published literature. Emphasizes interpretation and the ability to critically evaluate issues related to populations/study design and measurement including: modern cohort study designs; advanced nested designs; novel techniques for exposure assessment; interpretation and utility of measures of impact; sources of bias and methods for their prevention.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe modern design features for cohort studies, including use of existing clinical and administrative databases
  2. Compare and contrast various nested designs, including methods for participant selection and analysis
  3. Calculate and contrast measures of association and measures of impact
  4. Identify biases resulting from participant selection and misallocation of person-time
  5. Critically evaluate published epidemiologic studies
Methods of Assessment:

4 brief quizzes, each of which consist of both an in-class and a take home portion (70%); Project (due after the end of the course; 30%).

Enrollment Restriction:

Students who have completed 340.608 may not take this course

Instructor Consent:

No consent required