340.601.94 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 5 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
    Dr. Shiv D. Gupta
    Dr. Vinod Kumar SV
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • describe basic epidemiologic methods and study design
    • critically review published epidemiologic papers and assess the validity of their design and their inferences
    • identify the place of epidemiology in preventive medicine and disease investigation
    • explain how epidemiologic methods are used to evaluate new drugs and other therapeutic modalities, the benefits of screening and early disease detection, and alternative ways of delivering health care
  • Course Description
    Introduces principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation of infectious and noninfectious diseases. Illustrates methods by which studies of the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population can contribute to an understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis. Presents different types of study design, including randomized trials, case-control and cohort studies, risk estimation and causal inferences. Demonstrates the relationship between epidemiology and the development of policy. Laboratory problems provide experience in epidemiologic methods and inferences, illustrating a common-vehicle epidemic; the spread of infectious disease in school, home, and community; epidemiological aspects of a noninfectious disease; vaccination; the epidemiological approach to health services evaluation; rates of morbidity and mortality; sensitivity and specificity; and life table methods. No auditors permitted.
  • Intended Audience
    Students enrolled in MPH program offered in collaboration with Indian Institute of Health Management Research.
  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on mid-term and final exams.


    Midterm Exam: 30%

    Final Exam: 70%

  • Course Schedule

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

    Please click on the link to find the course schedule for 'Principles of Epidemiology'

  • 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.

  • Recommended Text/Materials

    Following textbooks are recommended for this course:

    1. Leon Gordis


    2. Oleske, Denise M                                                  

     Epidemiology and the Delivery of Health Care Services : Methods and Applications. 

    3. Mac Mahon, Brain                                                 

    Epidemiology: Principles and Methods

    4. Lilienfeld, Abraham M                                            

    Foundations of Epidemiology

    5. Kahn, Harold A                                                   

    Statistical Methods in Epidemiology                                       

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