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First Year Epidemiology Doctoral Seminar

East Baltimore
1st term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
David Dowdy

Concurrent enrollment in 340.751.


Provides a stimulating guided discussion with students and rotating faculty. Designed to provide an intellectual space for first-year doctoral students in epidemiology to wrestle with historical and current intellectual challenges facing the field. In this term the focus is on discussions of population versus individual health and translational epidemiology.

This course is required for students in their first year in the doctoral program in the Department of Epidemiology.

Introduces current discussion, controversies, and applications of epidemiology. Reviews landmark papers and current literature and provides guided discussions of the materials. Focuses on exploring key paradigms that have influenced the field of epidemiology. Includes discussion of current trends influencing epidemiologic research and training, mentorship, controversies in the assessment of populations and outcomes, individual-level vs. population-health, and the relationship of epidemiology to the health care system.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify and discuss current controversies in epidemiology
  2. Articulate the importance and context for key papers in the field
  3. Explain key paradigms that have influenced the field of epidemiology
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 75% Participation
  • 25% Group Presentation

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to PhD students in the Department of Epidemiology

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

The course is offered terms 1-3. Students are required to take all three terms during their first year of enrollment.