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Welch Center Research Seminar

East Baltimore
1st term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Elizabeth Selvin

Prior or concurrent registration in 340.751.


Students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty present scientific papers from the current and/or classic literature dealing with epidemiologic research, with a focus on clinical and cardiovascular epidemiology. Emphasizes presentation skills and the ability to critically evaluate scientific papers. Uses a journal-club format in which one or more papers are distributed in advance. Participants are expected to read and discuss the assigned material. Media reporting/coverage in the lay and medical press is explicitly discussed related to the article. Provides a forum for the discussion of the appropriate use of statistical methods for various study designs.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Read and critically evaluate scientific papers
  2. Give a presentation and lead a discussion related to a research article
  3. Critique analytic methods in the published literature
  4. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of various methodological approaches in clinical epidemiology and cardiovascular epidemiology
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Presentation(s)
  • 50% Participation
  • 25% Discussion

Enrollment Restriction:

MHS, ScM, and PhD students in the CCE programs only.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Course is restricted to MHS, ScM, and PhD students in the Cardiovascular and Clinical Epidemiology Track in the Department of Epidemiology only.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Students must take this course at least twice during their programs.