About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS 1 (340.751.01), a course offered by the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

First offering in the Epidemiologic Methods sequence. Introduces students to history, principles, and concepts of epidemiologic research. Covers epidemiologic reasoning and causal inference, models of disease causation and prevention, and the cohort framework for characterizing the health of populations. Presents measures of population health, measures of association, and screening. Provides experience through laboratory problems with epidemiologic methods and inference, calculation of population health measures, and literature interpretation.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the applicability of epidemiologic methods in biomedical and public health research
  • Describe epidemiologic principles for investigating health and disease in populations
  • Select, calculate and interpret population health measures
  • Apply causal reasoning to interpreting epidemiologic and other scientific evidence

Course Time

Mon Wed Fri   8:30 AM to 9:50 AM


Prior or concurrent enrollment in Statistical Methods in Public Health I (140.621) or Methods in Biostatistics I (140.651).

Intended Audience

Master’s, doctoral, and MPH students who will be conducting epidemiologic or clinical research.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Written assignment(s), Midterm examination, Final examination.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Textbooks Required

NONE – All required readings will be posted as PDF files on CoursePlus.


The following textbooks are useful resources, although they may not present the material exactly as described in lectures:


  • Gordis L. Epidemiology. 4th Edition. Saunders/Elsevier 2009. 
    [Available free online via Welch Library/eBooks]
  • Aschengrau A & Seage GR. Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health. 2nd Edition. Jones & Bartlett 2008.
  • Oleckno WA. Epidemiology Concepts and Methods. Waveland Press 2008.
  • Rothman KJ, Greenland S, Lash TL. Modern Epidemiology. 3rd Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2008. [Available free online via Welch Library/eBooks]

In addition, the following is recommended as a general resource for epidemiologic terms:

  • Porta M. A Dictionary of Epidemiology. 5th Edition. Oxford 2008.



Administrative Contact

Ayesha Khan
E-mail: akhan@jhsph.edu
Sheila Small
E-mail: ssmall@jhsph.edu