Principles of Clinical Epidemiology
- East Baltimore
- 2nd term
- 2 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2021 - 2022
- Instruction Method:
340.751 (Epidemiologic Methods 1)
Presents lectures and interactive sessions designed to expose students to basic principles of clinical epidemiology and introduce key methods utilized in clinical outcomes research. Focuses on principles and methods in clinical epidemiology which would be most utilized by clinicians/clinician researchers for screening and diagnosis of illness as well as for prognostication and decision-making.
- Learning Objectives:
- Describe how epidemiological methods are applied to medicine and how scientific evidence drive decision on clinical practice.
- Draw a ROC curve to understand and estimate the effect and implications of different cutoff points in diagnostic test
- Evaluate the performance of diagnostic tests taking into account characteristics of the test (sensitivity, specificity, etc.), potential outcomes and the features of the population (prevalence of disease and risk factors)
- Describe key factors for deciding optimal outcome measures for a clinical study
- Describe advantages and disadvantages of clinical trials and observational studies for evaluating treatment effects
- Build a decision analysis tree based on probabilities and see how different outcomes influence the decision making in clinical settings
- Methods of Assessment:
This course is evaluated as follows:
- 15% Participation
- 60% Homework
- 25% Final Project
- Enrollment Restriction:
Enrollment restricted to students in the Tsinghua DrPH cohort
- Instructor Consent:
Consent required for all students
- Consent Note:
Students must be approved members of Tsinghua cohort to take the course.
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- Special Comments:
Students are required to complete assignments prior to the first class session.