340.752.01 | AY 2010-2011 - 2nd Term | 5 Credit(s)
MWF 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    After successful completion, students will be able to: 1. Compare and contrast epidemiologic study designs and identify questions that can be appropriately answered with these different designs; 2. Recognize and analyze the most important threats to validity: selection, information and confounding bias; 3. Address biases in the design and implementation of epidemiologic studies; 4. Describe the role of randomization, how it is used in randomized controlled trials and how deviations from randomness can be approached; and 5. Design and critically assess epidemiologic studies.
  • 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.

  • Intended Audience

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

  • Methods of Assessment

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

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    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).

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services: baddison@jhsph.edu, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.