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Epidemiology of Kidney Disease

1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Christine Mitchell

Since kidney disease is characterized as an epidemic worldwide, and the prevalence continues to rise, learners study kidney disease comprehensively, emphasizing chronic and end-stage kidney disease. In addition to the basics of kidney disease epidemiology, highlights controversies and areas of ongoing and future research by reviewing findings from cohort studies, clinical trials, and landmark studies. Lectures emphasize methodological issues specific to the study of kidney disease.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Assess the scope of kidney disease in the U.S. and worldwide in terms of prevalence, causes, and societal- and patient-level impacts
  2. Identify common co-morbidities associated with chronic and end-stage kidney disease and understand their impact
  3. Recognize and problem-solve methodological challenges related to the study of kidney disease and its progression
  4. Describe effective strategies to slow chronic kidney disease progression and current controversies due to lack of evidence and/or limitations in existing studies
  5. Review trends in kidney transplantation/acute kidney injury and the evidence for current management practices
Methods of Assessment:

50% midterm take-home exam; 50% final take-home exam

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Auditors must obtain consent from the instructor.

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