EPIDEMIOLOGY OF AGING Syllabus
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 DescriptionAddresses 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.
Intended AudienceStudents 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
Methods of AssessmentStudent evaluation based on a paper and on problem sets.
Prerequisites1 graduate course each in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (340.601 & 140.621 recommended).
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
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.
Contact Information(from old syllabus)
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