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Additional Course Details
This course will provide a comprehensive and accessible introduction to epidemiologic methods for non-epidemiology majors. We will focus on methods to describe disease frequency, measures of association between risk factors and disease, and related study designs. Students will learn to apply causal criteria and evaluate challenges to causal inference including bias and effect modification. The goal of the course is to provide a strong methods foundation to support evidence-based practice as well as research in community and practice settings.
Measures of disease frequency and association; study designs; causal inference, bias and effect modification; synthesis of evidence and application to research and practice; infectious disease and outbreak investigations; and chronic disease and screening.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Define epidemiology as the study of the determinants of health and illness in populations and the examination of factors contributing to health promotion, disease prevention and the use of health services;
- Define and calculate measures of disease frequency and measures of association between risk factors and disease;
- Describe the major sources of bias (confounding, selection bias, and measurement error) within epidemiologic research;
- Evaluate effect modification;
- Apply criteria to support whether an association is causal;
- Describe the major epidemiologic research study designs and their advantages and limitations;
- Understand the basic terms and methods used in: (1) outbreak investigation and infectious disease epidemiology, (2) chronic disease epidemiology, (3) evaluation of screening tests, and (4) disease prevention and treatment trials;
- Describe how epidemiologic skills are applied in public health settings, specifically in the development and evaluation of public health programs or policies;
- Critically review the scientific literature, synthesize findings across studies, and make appropriate public health recommendations based on current knowledge;
- Identify public and private data resources available for epidemiologic studies and evaluate the quality, integrity, and comparability of various data sources; and,
- Apply ethical principles and cultural sensitivity when accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating epidemiologic data and information.
Lectures and TA discussion sections
How You Are Evaluated
Weekly assignments, quizzes, midterm, evidence synthesis (short paper), and final exam
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