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Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Epidemiology in Evidence-Based Policy

June 19-23, 2017
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2 credits
Course Number: 340.636.11

Course Instructors:

·         Jonathan Samet

·         Michel Ibrahim

·         Lawrence Appel


Focuses on how science in general and epidemiology in particular are used to inform health and regulatory policies. Distinguishes between good science and “junk science,” defines the role of epidemiologists in translating evidence to practice and policy, and examines how science fares in the legislative, regulatory, and judicial settings.

Places special emphasis on cases in which the evidence is controversial, such as the types of evidence used to guide nutrition policy and provide an overview of policy making in the US and abroad.; on fraudulent research in which autism was linked to MMR vaccination and its consequences; and on legal issues of class action lawsuits for breast implants and the Björk-Shiley mechanical heart valve and how they shape policy. Instructors present examples with which they have been personally involved in order to share the “inside scoop” with students.

Student Evaluation: Exam

Learning Objective:

Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic epidemiology is recommended.

Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail

Course Materials: Provided in class and through CoursePlus