About The Course
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Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS 2 (340.752.01), a course offered by the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Second offering in the Epidemiologic Methods sequence. Builds on the concepts of epidemiologic reasoning, causal inference, and cohort design taught in Epidemiologic Methods 1. Provides a detailed presentation of threats to validity (information, confounding and selection bias), precision, and study generalizability. Discusses a wide range of epidemiologic designs in detail, together with their advantages and limitations. Provides experience through laboratory exercises with epidemiologic methods and inference, issues in study design, calculation of measures of association, and literature interpretation.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand how epidemiologist evaluate whether an observed association likely reflects a causal relationship
  • Compare and contrast epidemiologic study designs and identify questions that can be appropriately answered with these different designs
  • Recognize and analyze the most important threats to validity: selection, information and confounding bias
  • Understand how to analyze and interpret effect modification

Course Time

Mon Wed Fri   8:30 AM to 9:50 AM


Epidemiologic Methods 1 (340.751), Statistical Methods in Public Health I (140.621) or Methods in Biostatistics I (140.651), and prior or concurrent enrollment in Statistical Methods in Public Health II (140.622) or Methods in Biostatistics II (140.652).

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), mini-project, Midterm examination, Final examination.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Ayesha Khan
E-mail: akhan@jhsph.edu