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340.688.01 Practical Epidemiology for Basic Scientists

4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W F,  1:30 - 2:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
William Moss
Course Instructor:



Introduces students of laboratory sciences to the population science of epidemiology, including methods and approaches to measurement, study design and inference. Similar in content to other introductory courses in the Department of Epidemiology but it introduces several topics of particular interest to laboratory scientists, and examples often highlight the interface between epidemiology and laboratory sciences.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Distinguish study, target, and source populations.
  2. Calculate and interpret basic epidemiologic measures of disease frequency, validity and precision.
  3. Identify distinguishing features of fundamental study designs including randomized clinical trials, cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  4. Calculate basic measures used to compare disease frequencies, identify and classify sources of information and selection bias, identify concepts and frameworks useful for inferring causation, and define confounding.
  5. Identify the contributions of laboratory methods to epidemiologic studies and the similarities and differences in scientific methods.
Methods of Assessment:

Multiple choice midterm examination (30%), final (50%) examination and two on-line quizzes (10% each).

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in EHS, MMI, and BMB only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students interested in a more in-depth understanding of epidemiology should consider taking Principles of Epidemiology (340.601) or Epidemiologic Methods (340.751) esp. students in the departments of PFRH, IH, MH, HBS, CI, Biost.