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Advanced Theory and Methods in Epidemiology


East Baltimore
2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Alison G. Abraham
  • Bryan Lau
Ayesha Khan

340.751-753 AND either 140.621-624 or 140.651-654


Integrates and extends content taught in the Epidemiologic Methods 340.751-753 sequence. Focuses on the conceptual underpinnings and application of strategies for addressing key methodologic challenges that arise when carrying out epidemiologic research. Incorporates experiential learning components, including a term-long self-directed group research project, and provides resources for students to acquire a working knowledge of how to apply presented methodological tools.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify complex methodologic problems in epidemiologic research, such as:a) Missing data, b) Information bias, c) Confounding bias,d) Time-varying Confounding biase) Selection bias, f) Generalizability and state implications for etiologic inference
  2. Apply appropriate analytic tool(s) to diagnose and account for complex methodologic problems, such as those listed above
  3. Evaluate the sensitivity of an etiologic inference to possible bias due to complex methodologic problems, such as those listed above
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 75% Homework
  • 15% Participation
  • 10% Lab Assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students pursuing degrees at JHSPH.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students outside of the Epidemiology department

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Course follows similar content to 340.754. Practicum session, not lab, meets in the afternoons following a break for lunch.