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340.636.11
Epidemiology in Evidence-Based Policy

Location:
Online/Virtual
Term:
Summer Inst. term
Department:
Epidemiology
Credits:
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Dates:
Mon 06/14/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Contact:
Ayesha Khan
Resources:
Prerequisite:

Knowledge of basic epidemiology is recommended.

Description:

Learn how science in general and epidemiology in particular are used to inform health and regulatory policies.

Focus on how scientific evidence in general and epidemiologic studies in particular are used to inform health and regulatory policies. Reviews the role of scientists and epidemiologists in translating evidence to practice and policy; examines how science fares in the legislative, regulatory, and judicial settings; addresses methodological issues related to types and availability of evidence to guide policy. Topics include nutrition recommendations (e.g. population-wide sodium intake), environmental policies; opioid epidemic (e.g. safe injection sites); tobacco control and e-cigarettes; health disparity (e.g., racial disparities in kidney transplantation); diabetes prevention; legal and policy implications of class action lawsuits (e.g., gun policy and local food policy); COVID-19 (e.g., evidence-informed policy making during a pandemic); and modelling to guide policy. Guest faculty, experts in their field, present examples, discuss their experiences using evidence to guide policy.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Assess the contribution of scientific findings to policy-making related to public health
  2. Assess the contribution of scientific findings to policy-making related to clinical prevention policy, including practice guidelines.
  3. Examine the interplay among the various determinants of policy decision making, beyond evidence
  4. Identify methodologic issues that affect the relevance of scientific evidence
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 99% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Course will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times the course is scheduled. For further information, please see the Institute website jhsph.edu/summerepi