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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 contemporary epidemiological research articles, focusing 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 Board

Enrollment Restriction:

MHS, ScM, and PhD students in the Cardiovascular and Clinical Epidemiology 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.