EPIDEMIOLOGY IN EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Assess the contribution of scientific findings to the making of public policy
- Assess the contribution of scientific findings to the making of clinical decisions and the development of practice guidelines
- Differentiate between good science and junk science
- Examine the legislative, regulatory, and legal perspectives of policymaking
- Examine the interplay among the various determinants of policy and clinical decision making
- Perform an introductory level of systematic reviews and meta-analysis on a selected topic
Course DescriptionFocuses on how science in general and epidemiology in particular are used to formulate and implement health and regulatory policies. Will address several questions: How do we distinguish between good science and so called “junk science”? What are the roles of epidemiologists, other professionals—including clinicians, nurses, researchers in other fields—government, industry, and the courts? When should established expert opinions be questioned? What should be done when the available evidence is equivocal and/or controversial? How does science fare in the legislative, regulatory, and judicial settings? What factors, processes are involved in implementation of appropriate policy? Results of systematic reviews and meta-analyses discussed for case examples such as screening recommendations for breast and prostate cancers, potential hazards of breast implants, tobacco use, general environmental health policies, and issues related to vaccine research and immunization policies.
Intended AudienceJHSPH students and SI participants
Methods of AssessmentExam
PrerequisitesKnowledge of basic epidemiology is recommended.
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
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