Epidemiology in Evidence-Based Policy
- Summer Inst. term
- 2 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2021 - 2022
- Instruction Method:
- Synchronous Online
- Mon 06/14/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
- Class Times:
- M Tu W Th F, 1:30 - 5:00pm
Knowledge of basic epidemiology is recommended.
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:
- Assess the contribution of scientific findings to policy-making related to public health
- Assess the contribution of scientific findings to policy-making related to clinical prevention policy, including practice guidelines.
- Examine the interplay among the various determinants of policy decision making, beyond evidence
- 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