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Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Principles of Epidemiology

June 8 - June 26, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
5 credits

Course Number: 340.601.11

This summer this course will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times listed above. Registered students will attend their classes virtually via Zoom, in real time with faculty and other students.

Course Instructor: 
Eliseo Guallar


Introduces principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation of infectious and noninfectious diseases. Illustrates methods by which studies of the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population can contribute to an understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis. Presents different types of study design, including randomized trials, case-control and cohort studies, risk estimation and causal inferences. Demonstrates the relationship between epidemiology and the development of policy. Laboratory problems provide experience in epidemiologic methods and inferences, illustrating a common-vehicle epidemic; the spread of infectious disease in school, home, and community; epidemiological aspects of a noninfectious disease; vaccination; the epidemiological approach to health services evaluation; rates of morbidity and mortality; sensitivity and specificity; and life table methods. No auditors permitted.

Student Evaluation: Student evaluation based on mid-term and final exams.

Learning Objective:

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail

Special Comments: Labs meet Monday through Friday and one Saturday (6/13). You will be assigned a lab room.

Course Materials:

Required textbook: Epidemiology (5th edition) by L. Gordis (2013) (available from Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center and also; approx. cost $52.95)