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Introduction to Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology

East Baltimore
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • M W F,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Josef Coresh

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


Provides students with a summary of the present knowledge of distribution, natural history, and risk factors for major cardiovascular diseases. Covers methodologic issues in epidemiologic studies unique to cardiovascular diseases. The specific objectives of the course can be divided into cognitive, attitudinal, and developmental skills.

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:

lecture review questions (40%; 20 lectures * 2% per lecture), discussion preparation questions (10%; 5 discussions * 2% per discussion), an assignment (20%), and a final exam (30%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required