340.863.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 3 Credit(s)
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  • Contact Information
    Thomas Glass
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • discuss epidemiology research, controversies, ethics, and help form their professional identities
  • Course Description

    Provides a forum in which the doctoral students present and discuss papers on topics relative to epidemiologic principles and practice. 

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    The course is taught as a doctoral-level seminar intended to provide a forum in which students discuss papers on topics related to epidemiologic ideas, principles and practice.

    The focus of the first term is on the history of Epidemiology and its theories, and philosophy of science as it pertains to our field.   We will discussion hypothesis generation and testing, causal reasoning, confounding, and the interplay between theories, models and data. The second term will focus on the integration of aims with a research approach and methodology.   The third term will expose students to the professional practice of epidemiology using a case-based methodology.   The central theme of the 3-term sequence is the seminar format, where students learn the art of collegial discourse.  

    Along with the readings and discussions described below, students will also work on a group project called Grand Challenges in Epidemiology.  This assignment will span the first two terms (see project description on CoursePLUS).  The primary purpose of this group assignment is to give students experience in the process of developing and refining a research proposal and to learn to work collaboratively in teams.   In the first term, groups will work on the first part of their proposal, focusing mainly on the formulation of a guiding research question, aims, and a theoretical framework.   Groups will present and receive critical feedback in a series of exercises intended to guide you through the process and ensure regular and consistent progress. 

  • Intended Audience
    2nd year Epidemiology doctoral students
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation is based on a paper, presentations, and classroom discussion.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Grading will be PASS/FAIL

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of 340.751 – 340.754 and departmental comprehensive exams. 

  • Course Schedule

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

  • Academic Ethics Code

    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.

  • Welcome Message

    Welcome to the course website for the 1st term of doctoral seminar in epidemiology, 2013.   The course will meet the first session on September 3, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 5:50 pm in room E6519.  There are no formal readings for the first session but please review the syllabus and the description of the group assigment prior to class.  Representatives from the other two doctoral seminar terms will be present to introduce the 3-term sequence.  I look forward to seeing you then!  Regards, Thomas Glass, Course Instructor

  • Additional Notes:


    Attendance at all sessions is required. If a student is required to miss a session, he/she must notify the instructor and provide an acceptable reason prior to that session. Any student who anticipates being absent for more than two sessions should not take this course.  More than two absences during the term will be grounds for requiring the student to retake the course.  


    Course Requirements:

    1. Prepare for and participate in the discussion of readings for each session.  As the course is taught in a seminar format, the emphasis will be on the quality and quantity of participation. 

    2. Complete and be prepared to present a Theory worksheet (each student), and a Specific Aims worksheet (each group, details to be provided) that will be the basis of class discussion and will provide opportunities for each student and each group to get feedback.  

    3. Each group will be asked to prepare and present 2 Powerpoint presentations.  The first (session 5) will be a first version of the group’s guiding research question, specific aims, hypotheses and conceptual framework.  In the final session of the term, students will present a more developed version of these elements of their project.  This will serve as a bridge to the work to be done in the second term.  Each group will also provide and receive feedback on their projects.

    4. Finally, each group will be asked to submit a written version of their project addressing the first part of their proposals in the style of an NIH grant.  This will be due the Friday after the final session of the course. 

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)

    After taking this course, students will be able to:

    ·       Identify seminal thinkers in the history of Epidemiology and their contributions;

    ·       Identify and apply core concepts from the philosophy of science to the field of epidemiology;

    ·       Formulate, refine and critique the components of scientific theories including concepts, hypotheses, assumptions and the overall structure of scientific theories.

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