About The Course
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Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for EPIDEMIOLOGY OF AGING (340.616.01), a course offered by the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Addresses the rapidly increasing need for specialized knowledge among epidemiologists in order to effectively promote the health of the aging society in the US (in 2020, 20% of the US population will be 65 or older). Introduces the epidemiology of aging and age-related disorders, including overviews of the public health impact of an aging society and the demographics and biology of aging. Covers the descriptive and analytic epidemiology of prevalent chronic conditions in the aged, methodologic challenges essential to consider in research on older adults, and strategies for prevention of age-related disorders.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the public health import of an aging population, and the constellation of changes associated with aging that make health issues for older persons important or unique
  • Discuss the impact of clinically-manifested and subclinical disease, and comorbidity as risk factors for major adverse outcomes in older adults
  • Describe the epidemiology of major geriatric syndromes, including physical disability, frailty, falls, and cognitive decline in older adults
  • Discuss opportunities for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in the context of the marked health status heterogeneity of older adults
  • Integrate general epidemiologic methods and specific gerontology discuss vis-à-vis the design and evaluation of epidemiologic studies of older adults 6
  • Identify major epidemiologic, population-based studies of older adults

Course Time

Tue Thu   3:30 PM to 4:50 PM

Course Faculty

1 graduate course each in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (340.601 & 140.621 recommended).

Intended Audience

Students pursuing the Gerontology Certificate program, students in Epid of Aging, Epid of CVD, Clinical Epid, Cancer Epid and others interested in lifespan approach to public heatlh

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on a paper and on problem sets.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Jennifer Schrack
E-mail: jschrack@jhsph.edu
Brian Buta
E-mail: bbuta1@jhmi.edu