340.620.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 2 Credit(s)
T 8:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    J. Hunter Young
    Anne Monroe
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe the origins of clinical epidemiology as a discipline and what void in the health sciences clinical epidemiology has filled
    • Calculate and describe the advantages and disadvantages of using likelihood ratios and ROC curves to evaluate diagnostic tests
    • Complete and utilize simple decision analysis trees.
    • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of using clinical trials, observational studies, decision analyses and meta-analysis techniques to develop clinical practice guidelines
    • Describe important outcomes, and issues in measuring those outcomes, when evaluating a medical technology or practice
  • Course Description
    Presents lectures and interactive sessions designed to expose students to basic principles of clinical epidemiology and introduce key methods utilized in clinical outcomes research. Focuses on principles and methods in clinical epidemiology which would be most utilized by clinicians/clinician researchers for screening and diagnosis of illness as well as for prognostication and decision-making. Incorporates principles and methods related to measurement of relevant patient outcomes such as patient preferences and health related quality of life. Introduces methods and issues in studying clinical effectiveness of health care technologies and providers (e.g. administrative data).

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    This course meets in the Welch Center – Suite 1-500Q Conference Room.

  • Intended Audience
    Clinical Epi concentration students, GTPCI, Roadmap K12 & T32, other SPH students interested in clinical research.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on class participation and a take-home final exam.
  • Prerequisites
    340.751 (Epidemiologic Methods 1)
  • Course Schedule

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

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