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340.774.01 Advanced Theory and Methods in Epidemiology

2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  10:30 - 11:50am
Lab Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ayesha Khan
Course Instructor s:

340.751-753 and either 140.621-624 or 140.651-654


Integrates and extends material learned in the first year Epidemiologic Methods sequence. Material focuses on the conceptual underpinnings and application of strategies for addressing key methodologic challenges that arise when carrying out epidemiologic research. Incorporates experiential learning components, including a term long self-directed group research project, and provides resources for students to acquire a working knowledge of how to apply presented methodological tools.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify complex methodologic problems in epidemiologic research, such as: a) Missing data, b) Information bias, c) Confounding bias, d) Time-varying Confounding bias e) Selection bias, f) Generalizability and state implications for etiologic inference
  2. Apply appropriate analytic tool(s) to diagnose and account for complex methodologic problems, such as those listed above
  3. Evaluate the sensitivity of an etiologic inference to possible bias due to complex methodologic problems, such as those listed above
Methods of Assessment:

30% group term project; 30% Final (multiple-choice and short answer); 30% homeworks; 10% participation in group project

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students outside of the Epidemiology department

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Course follows similar content to 340.754. Practicum session, not lab, meets in the afternoons following a break for lunch.