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Professional Epidemiology Methods

East Baltimore
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  9:00 - 10:20am
Lab Times:
  • Friday,  8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Carlos Castillo

340.751 and 340.752, or 340.601 and 340.722, or 340.721 and 340.722 (2 graduate level courses in epidemiology)


Trains future leaders using advanced epidemiological methods applied in modern public health practice, and provides students with the key epidemiological competencies for mid-level and senior-level epidemiologists. Covers examples of health priority assessments, health needs assessments, epidemiological stratification of public health problems, measuring health inequalities and evaluation of effectiveness of public health programs using real public health scenarios and available health information datasets. Also covers selected methods for translating epidemiologic data for decision-making. Addresses the role of available epidemiological evidence and translational research for public health programs.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize the framework of essential public health functions and services for developing prospective epidemiological scenarios
  2. Describe and apply the main epidemiological risk measures (RR, PAR) in developing epidemiological profiles of critical populations and areas at local and national levels
  3. Review and use decision analysis methods for informing evidence-based decision-making using epidemiological data
  4. Identify and apply epidemiological metrics and tools for health priority selection, health needs assessments and measuring health inequalities
  5. Identify and critically evaluate and use epidemiologic measures of effectiveness in public health program evaluation
  6. Identify key methodological considerations when using epidemiological evidence and knowledge as translational research in public health programs
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 5% Participation
  • 60% Lab Assignments
  • 35% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course replaces 340.763 and 340.764. Students who have previously taken these courses should not retake this course.