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340.853.01 First Year Epidemiology Doctoral Seminar

3rd term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  4:00 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
David Dowdy
Course Instructor s:

Concurrent enrollment in 340.753.


Provides a stimulating guided discussion with students and rotating faculty. It is a great way to get to know your cohort and additional faculty leaders in the Department and is required for students in their first year in the doctoral programs in the Department of Epidemiology.

Introduces current discussion, controversies, and applications of epidemiology. Reviews landmark papers and current literature and provides guided discussions of the materials. Focuses on exploring key paradigms that have influenced the field of epidemiology. Includes discussion of current trends influencing epidemiologic research and training, mentorship, controversies in the assessment of populations and outcomes, individual-level vs. population-health, and the relationship of epidemiology to the health care system.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify and discuss current controversies in epidemiology
  2. Articulate the importance and context for key papers in the field
  3. Explain key paradigms that have influenced the field of epidemiology
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 33% Reflection
  • 33% Homework
  • 33% Participation

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to PhD students in the Department of Epidemiology

Instructor Consent:

No consent required