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Epidemiology of Sensory Loss in Aging

East Baltimore
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Jennifer Deal

340.601 Principles of Epidemiology or 340.721 Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health 1 or 340.751 Epidemiologic Methods in Public Health I


Introduces biologic, epidemiologic and clinical aspects of aging-related declines in the auditory, visual, and vestibular systems. Demonstrates methods of assessment of sensory function for epidemiologic studies. Reviews current epidemiologic knowledge of sensory function and aging-related outcomes in older adults, including the epidemiology and consequences of dual sensory loss. Presents areas for future research and opportunities for intervention and prevention.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Evaluate potential explanations for epidemiologic associations between sensory impairments and gerontologic outcomes
  2. Describe key epidemiologic and public health questions pertaining to sensory impairments and gerontology that remain unanswered and unresolved
  3. Identify and compare commonly used measures of sensory function and the strengths and limitations of these measures in epidemiologic studies in older adults
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 60% Project(s)
  • 30% Quizzes
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required