340.682.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 10:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Jodi Segal
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe the development of the drug regulation processes in the United States
    • Recognize the role of industry in drug development
    • Appraise pharmacovigilance systems
    • Access different data sources for pharmacoepidemiology studies
    • Apply epidemiological techniques to questions about drug effectiveness or drug safety
  • Course Description
    Acquaints students with the key elements of pharmacoepidemiology. Explores the utilization and effects of drugs in large numbers of people. Discusses the application of epidemiological methods to pharmacological issues. Focuses heavily on questions of pharmacodynamics, concentrating on clinical patient outcomes and on therapeutics (i.e., appropriate use of drugs). Applies the research methods of clinical epidemiology (e.g., randomized trials, cohort studies, case-control studies) to the content area of pharmacology (e.g., determinants of beneficial and adverse drug effects, effects of genetic variation on drug effect, dose-response relationships, duration-response relationships, clinical effects of potential drug-drug interactions, effects of non-adherence). Examines programmatic efforts to improve medication use on a population basis.
  • Intended Audience
    Target will be second year MHS students and/or PhD students. Anticipate that these will be epidemiology students and possibly HPM students. Would welcome pharmacy residents as well.
  • Methods of Assessment
    class participation and attendance, performance on a mid-term short answer assignment, and a final written report.

    Additional Faculty Notes:


    Class Participation: 15%

    Midterm: 35%

    Final: 50%


    Details to Follow:

    Class participation also includes submission of the take-home exercises that will be due at 5:00 PM the day following the lecture.

    Midterm– participation in exercise, write-up following exercise

    Final examination – out-of-class, short-answer exercises

  • Prerequisites
    340.601 or 340.751 or 550.695
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Suggested Textbooks (none required)

    Textbook of Pharmacoepidemiology   by Brian L. Strom and Stephen E Kimmel (Hardcover- Feb 16, 2007)

    Pharmacoepidemiology   by Brian L. Strom(Hardcover- Oct 7, 2005)

    Rothman K, Greenland S:  Modern Epidemiology, 3rd ed. Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2008

  • Course Schedule

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

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  • Welcome Message

    Welcome to the Pharmacoepidemiology Methods Course. We hope that you will leave this course with an understanding of the drug regulation process in the United States and with methdological skills to apply to the study of drug effectiveness and safety.

  • Course topics

    Please review the syllabus for detail about course topics.

  • Contact Information

    Jodi Segal, MD, MPH  Email:

    Kenneth Shermock, PharmD, PhD  Email:

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