OBSERVATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY Syllabus

340.608.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 4 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to: 1. Discuss models and inference underlying observational studies 2. Describe approaches for constructing measures of disease occurrence and association 3. Describe and recognize potential causes of confounding in epidemiologic studies 4. Identify key considerations for exposure-disease summarization 5. Characterize sources of bias in observational studies 6. Link scientific questions with appropriate analytical methods
  • Course Description

    Expands upon material presented in Principles of Epidemiology (340.601) and provides opportunity to learn more about epidemiologic concepts as applied to cohort and case-control studies. Emphasizes interpretation and the ability to critically evaluate observational study designs and methods of data analysis. Intermediate concepts include measures of association, bias, confounding, and interaction/effect modification, and are illustrated in the context of analytic observational study designs.

  • Intended Audience

    JHSPH students and Summer Institute participants

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Mid term and Final Exam

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    340.601 or 550.691-692; prior or concurrent enrollment in 140.612 or equivalent.

  • 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.