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Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Principles of Epidemiology

June 10 - June 28, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
5 credits

Course Number: 340.601.11

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 (6/15). 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)