340.752.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 5 Credit(s)
MWF 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    GypsyAmber D’Souza
    Stephan Ehrhardt
  • Course Learning Objectives

    This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:

    • Understand how epidemiologist evaluate whether an observed association likely reflects a causal relationship
    • Compare and contrast epidemiologic study designs and identify questions that can be appropriately answered with these different designs
    • Recognize and analyze the most important threats to validity: confounding, information bias, and selection bias
    • Understand how to analyze and interpret effect measure modification
    • Design and critically assess epidemiologic studies
  • Course Description

    As the second offering in the Epidemiologic Methods sequence, this course builds on the concepts of epidemiologic reasoning, population health measures, validity, and study design taught in Epidemiologic Methods 1. Epidemiologic Methods 2 provides a detailed presentation of causal inference, study design and threats to validity (confounding, information bias and selection bias). We discuss a wide range of epidemiologic designs in detail, together with their advantages and limitations. Laboratory exercises, assignments, and the MiniProject provide experience with applying concepts and calculations to problems drawn from real epidemiological data and published literature.

  • Intended Audience

    Master’s, doctoral, and MPH students who will be conducting epidemiologic or clinical research.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Written assignment(s), mini-project, Midterm examination, Final examination.

  • Prerequisites

    Epidemiologic Methods 1 (340.751), Statistical Methods in Public Health I (140.621) or Methods in Biostatistics I (140.651), and prior or concurrent enrollment in Statistical Methods in Public Health II (140.622) or Methods in Biostatistics II (140.652).

  • Required Text(s)

    No required text for this course. See reading list.

  • 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.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Stephan Ehrhardt, MD MPH

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.