METHODS AND APPLICATIONS OF COHORT STUDIES Syllabus

340.706.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 2 Credit(s)
MTWTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Christopher Cox
    Location: E7642
    Alvaro Muñoz
    Location: E7648
    Teaching Assistant
    Alison Singer
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the principles for the design and conduct of cohort studies
    • Estimate and compare incidence rates, and times-to-event via relative hazards and relative times
    • Apply analytic methods to data from large, long-term and multicenter cohort studies coordinated by the instructors’ research team
    • Appreciate the role of cohort studies for the characterization of natural history of diseases; for evaluation of interventions and for guiding public policy
  • Course Description
    Discusses definition and basic characteristics of cohort studies; graphical methods in epidemiology; methods to estimate and compare incidence rates, including Poisson regression; methods for the analysis of disease-free and survival times; estimation and testing of relative hazards (Cox regression) and of relative times (parametric regression); regression trees for the analysis of prognostic markers; parametric survival analysis and taxonomy of hazards functions using generalized gamma models; methods to nest case-control and case-cohort designs in cohort studies; random effects models for longitudinal data; and the role of cohort studies in evaluating interventions and in guiding public policy. Methods will be illustrated using cohort studies in which faculty have been directly involved. Prerequisite: Intermediate-level courses in both epidemiology and biostatistics and some familiarity with data analysis software packages.
  • Intended Audience
    JHSPH students and Summer Institute participants
  • Methods of Assessment
    quizzes and final exam
  • Prerequisites
    Intermediate-level courses in both epidemiology and biostatistics and some familiarity with data analysis software packages.
  • Course Schedule

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

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  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Alison Abraham, MS,MHS,PhD
    Email: aabraham@jhsph.edu

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