340.751.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 1st Term | 5 Credit(s)
MWF 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Stephen Gange
    Elizabeth Selvin
    Catherine Sutcliffe
  • 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 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.
  • Intended Audience
    Master’s, doctoral, and MPH students who will be conducting epidemiologic or clinical research.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Written assignment(s), Midterm examination, Final examination.

    Additional Faculty Notes:


    The final course grade will be determined by: two written assignments (10%), a midterm (35%) and (cumulative) final examination (40%), participation with the in-lab MiniProject (8%), and attendance in laboratory sessions (7%). Exam questions will be drawn from material presented in lectures and laboratory exercises. All examinations are multiple choice or short answer and closed book.  International students may bring a language dictionary to any examination.

  • Prerequisites
    Prior or concurrent enrollment in Statistical Methods in Public Health I (140.621) or Methods in Biostatistics I (140.651).
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    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.



  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    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.

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)

    Updated for 2011:

    At the end of this course a successful student will be able to:


    1. Describe key features of populations in time in epidemiologic research
    2. Identify and distinguish basic epidemiological study designs
    3. Recognize important characteristics associated with measurement in epidemiologic studies
    4. Distinguish and calculate validity and reliability measures that quantify the accuracy of measurement
    5. Describe types, purposes, and key components of surveillance systems
    6. Select, calculate, compare, and interpret basic population health measures and measures of association for comparing population health measures.
  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.