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Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Advanced Methods in Observational Studies: Inference

June 22-26, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2 credits

Course number: 340.709.11

Course Instructors:


Expands beyond introductory level epidemiologic concepts and methods material. Using examples from the published literature, this course will emphasizes inference, evaluation interpretation and the ability to critically evaluate issues related to comparison of populations and synthesizing inferences from observational studies including: descriptive and analytical goals for observational study inference; the counterfactual model for defining exchangeability, cause, and confounding; graphical and analytical tools for assessing causal pathways and investigating their underlying assumptions, including comparing classical and modern approaches for assessing and addressing confounding and mediation.

Student Evaluation:  4 brief daily quizzes, each of which will have both in-class and take-home components; each daily quiz will be weighted equally

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

Prerequisite: Students must have 1 term of epidemiology (340.601, or equivalent with consent of instructor) and 1 term of biostatistics including knowledge of multivariable regression; taking 340.708 is preferred but not a prerequisite.

Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail

Course Materials: Provided in class and through CoursePlus