WELCH CENTER RESEARCH SEMINAR Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- read and critically evaluate scientific papers
- give a presentation and lead a discussion related to a research article
- critique analytic methods in the published literature
- describe the strengths and weaknesses of various methodological approaches in clinical epidemiology and cardiovascular epidemiology
Course DescriptionStudents, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty present scientific papers from the current and/or classic literature dealing with epidemiologic research, focusing on clinical and cardiovascular epidemiology. Emphasizes presentation skills and the ability to critically evaluate scientific papers. Uses a journal-club format in which one or more papers are distributed in advance; participants are expected to read and discuss the assigned material.
Additional Faculty Notes:Students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty present scientific papers from the current and/orclassic literature dealing with epidemiologic research, with a focus on clinical and cardiovascularepidemiology. The course emphasizes presentation skills and the ability to critically evaluatescientific papers. The seminar uses a journal-club format in which one or more papers aredistributed in advance. Participants are expected to read and discuss the assigned material.Media reporting/coverage in the lay and medical press will be explicitly discussed related to thearticle. The seminar is often a forum for the discussion of the appropriate use of statisticalmethods for various study designs.The seminar meets once every week in the first, second,third, and fourth terms. Attendance is required of all clinical and cardiovascular epidemiologystudents. Students are required to present one research article. Seminars take place at the WelchCenter for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. The Welch Center is amultidisciplinary research center affiliated with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine andBloomberg School of Public Health.
Intended AudienceClinical Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Epidemiology students
Methods of AssessmentPresentation, discussion participation
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.
The web site for Welch Center Research Seminar may be accessed directly at http://www.jhsph.edu/welchcenter/seminars/journal_club.html
The course SYLLABUS is located in the Online Library (on the CoursePlus site)
Contact Information(from old syllabus)
Office: United States
Course Objectives(from old syllabus)By the end of the course, the student will be able to:(1) read and critically evaluate scientific papers(2) give a presentation and lead a discussion related to a research article(3) critique analytic methods in the published literature(4) describe the strengths and weaknesses of various methodological approaches in clinical and cardiovascular epidemiologyStudent Evaluation:All students are expected to read articles prior to each session, come prepared, and participate inthe discussion. Students will be graded Pass/Fail based on participation, attendance, and an oralpresentation. Students may not miss more than 2 sessions without prior approval ofinstructor.Students may select articles to present from a list of approved articles or students may select theirown article. Students who select their own article need pre-approval of the instructor priorto presentation. Please email Mary Cay Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.org to view the article listand to sign up for a presentation date.Policy on switching presentation dates:Please note that if you should need to reschedule your presentation date, it is your responsibilityto arrange a swap with someone else on the schedule. Please communicate the change toMary Cay Reynolds email@example.com
Disability Support ServicesIf 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.