School of Public Health


EPI 515 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods I (3)

First in a series of 2 courses. Increases knowledge of epidemiological principles by introducing methodological approaches to handling common problems in epidemiologic research that extend beyond the scope of traditional methods. Prerequisite: EPI 512 and EPI 513 Offered: jointly with BIOST 519.

Autumn 2020

Line Number Section ID Credits Days/Times Room/Bldg Instructor
14927A3.0Monday, Wednesday @ 1:00pm - 2:20pmN/ASteve Mooney
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Additional Course Details

This is the first in a 2 course series focused on advanced epidemiology methods.    

Topics Covered

  • Causal inference
  • Measurement error
  • Survey methodology
  • Missing data   

Learning Objectives

  • Critically read and interpret epidemiologic studies that apply advanced methods for analysis and interpretation
  • Recognize how advanced methods relate to and build upon more traditional epidemiologic methods
  • Identify appropriate situations for the application of various advanced epidemiologic methods
  • Effectively converse with epidemiologist and biostatistician colleagues about application of advanced epidemiologic methods, in a manner necessary for successful collaboration  
  • Apply strategies to estimate causal effects.
  • Calculate the validity and reliability of measurement instruments.
  • Design a survey or questionnaire that accurately measures exposures and outcomes.
  • Develop a sampling scheme and analyze the results of a survey that will provide a valid estimate of parameters of interest in a target population.
  • Implement at least two methods to address missing data in epidemiologic research.

Course Format

Lectures and in-class exercises    

How You Will Be Evaluated

Homework, data analysis project, group project and class participation    

Contact the Instructors

Anjum Hajat (
Brandon Guthrie (