PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- describe basic epidemiologic methods and study design
- critically review published epidemiologic papers and assess the validity of their design and their inferences
- identify the place of epidemiology in preventive medicine and disease investigation
- explain how epidemiologic methods are used to evaluate new drugs and other therapeutic modalities, the benefits of screening and early disease detection, and alternative ways of delivering health care
Course DescriptionIntroduces principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation of infectious and noninfectious diseases. Illustrates methods by which studies of the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population can contribute to an understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis. Presents different types of study design, including randomized trials, case-control and cohort studies, risk estimation and causal inferences. Demonstrates the relationship between epidemiology and the development of policy. Laboratory problems provide experience in epidemiologic methods and inferences, illustrating a common-vehicle epidemic; the spread of infectious disease in school, home, and community; epidemiological aspects of a noninfectious disease; vaccination; the epidemiological approach to health services evaluation; rates of morbidity and mortality; sensitivity and specificity; and life table methods. No auditors permitted.
Intended Audiencenon-MPH first year graduate students at SPH
Methods of AssessmentStudent evaluation based on mid-term and final exams.
Additional Faculty Notes:
Grades for this course are based on satisfactory completion of the two lab write-ups, two lab-related online quizzes, a mid-term exam, consisting of 20 multiple choice questions and a final examination, consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. The relative weighting of the two write-ups and two online quizzes, exams is 5% for each write-up, 5% for each online quiz, 35% for the midterm exam and 45% for the final exam.
Additional Faculty Notes:
The textbook we use for Principles of Epidemiology is Epidemiology by Leon Gordis (4th edition, 2009). An electronic version of the book is available for free for all Hopkins students by doing the following:
You may not have access to the electronic version of the book until you arrive here.
You may print or download content from the site for your own personal, non-commercial, informational or scholarly use, provided that you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices.
There is also a separate website for the book which is very useful but you would have to purchase the book in order to have access to the website. You will need to go to studentconsult.com and activate/access using a PIN code for your full online version of the book and ancillary content. Included on the website are, among others, an image library, self-assessment questions, SAQs optimized for the iPad, and annotated answers to the questions at the end of the chapters.
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.
The place of epidemiology in the framework of disease control and health services programs
Transmission of disease Investigation of an outbreak
Morbidity Mortality Uses of morbidity and mortality indices
Validity Reliability of diagnostic and screening tests
Natural history of disease
Study design: Clinical Trials, Cohort Studies, Case-control studies, Cross-sectional studies
Multiple factors Evaluation of health services
Evaluation of screening programs
Legal, ethical and policy issues
Contact Information(from old syllabus)
Linda Kao, PhD
Office: W6513, Wolfe St. Building
Course Objectives(from old syllabus)This course is designed to introduce you to epidemiology, including its methodology and approaches and its applications to prevention and control of public health problems. At the conclusion of this course you should have a basic understanding of epidemiologic methods and study design. You will be able to critically review published epidemiologic papers and assess the validity of their design and their inferences. You will understand the place of epidemiology in preventive medicine and disease investigation: How epidemiology is used for identifying the causes of disease in order to develop preventive methods, and how it is used to identify populations at high risk for particular diseases. You will also understand how epidemiologic methods are used to evaluate new drugs and other therapeutic modalities, the benefits of screening and early disease detection, and alternative ways of delivering health care.
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