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390.675.01 Outcomes and Effectiveness Research

Clinical Investigation
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  5:30 - 8:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Susan M. Hutfless
Course Instructor :

Introductory biostatistics course sequence (e.g., 140.611-612 or 140.621-623), SOCI student, or consent of instructor.


Provides an overview of outcomes and effectiveness research. Emphasizes conceptual, design, and analytical aspects of research including policy implications. Covers both experimental (randomized) and observational designs, with greater emphasis on the latter. Examines approaches to address confounding and selection bias. Explores methods for evaluating the effectiveness and safety of medications using experimental, observational designs and evidence synthesis. Considers a wide range of outcomes, including time to event outcomes (survival analysis), patient preferences and patient-reported outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Develop skills needed to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of outcomes and effectiveness research
  2. Craft a preliminary design for an outcomes or effectiveness study
  3. Recognize how various epidemiological methods meets study aims
  4. Describe a wide variety of innovative approaches to outcomes and effectiveness investigation
  5. Understand the implications of outcomes and effectiveness studies for end-users
Methods of Assessment:

Based on a final project consisting of a preliminary research proposal.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students not in the GTPCI or SOCI programs.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

One of the 7 courses offered in the SOCI Award Program.