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Additional Course Details
Human studies of disease etiology and prognosis often require the measurement of one or more characteristics of biological material. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the methods and issues arising in the design, conduct, and analysis of these studies.
- strengths and limitations of using biological measures in human studies of disease etiology, and the characteristics of biomarkers that should be established prior to incorporating them into epidemiologic studies.
- identify the goals of, and strategies in conducting, discovery and characterization studies of biomarkers.
- identify potential sources and impact of biomarker measurement error, in particular the role of differential and nondifferential misclassification of binary and continuous biomarkers.
- identify strengths and limitations of various traditional epidemiologic study designs, and implementation strategies, for the purposes of incorporating biomarker measurements.
- critique scientific reports from human populations that involve biologic measures in the study of disease etiology, prognosis, and early detection.
See list of topics covered.
There are 21 sessions. Twenty sessions will consist of lectures on methodologic issues, applications of methodologic issues to particular diseases, discussion of homework assignments, discussion of research papers, discussion of real or hypothetical case studies, or a combination of these. All readings can be downloaded and printed from the course website. Two sessions are reserved for student presentations of final papers.
How You Will Be Evaluated
EPI/ENVH573 is a 3 credit, graded course. The grade will be based on class attendance and participation in discussions (10%), three assignments (contributing 20% each), and a final paper and presentation (30%).
Contact the Instructor
Steve Schwartz (firstname.lastname@example.org)