ADVANCED METHODS IN OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES: INFERENCE Syllabus

340.709.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 2 Credit(s)
MTWThF 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Stephen Gange
    Elizabeth T. Golub
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Utilize and illustrate a framework for distinguishing different inferential goals of an epidemiological study
    • Define concepts and terminology in causal inference for epidemiology and develop graphical approaches (e.g., DAGs) for models that integrate confounding and mediation effects
    • Illustrate, interpret, and contrast ‘classical’ (e.g., regression) approaches for addressing confounding with modern techniques (e.g., propensity-score and inverse-weighting methods)
    • Identify and evaluate approaches for implementing a basic sensitivity analysis
  • Course Description
    Expands beyond introductory level epidemiologic concepts and methods material. Using examples from the published literature, emphasizes inference, evaluation interpretation and the ability to critically evaluate issues related to comparison of populations and synthesizing inferences from observational studies including: descriptive and analytical goals for observational study inference; the counterfactual model for defining exchangeability, cause, and confounding; graphical and analytical tools for assessing causal pathways and investigating their underlying assumptions, including comparing classical and modern approaches for assessing and addressing confounding and mediation; evaluating sensitivity analyses for quantifying systematic errors of observational analyses.
  • Intended Audience
    JHSPH students and Summer Institute participants
  • Methods of Assessment
    50% - Take Home Assignment 50% - Final Examination
  • Prerequisites
    Students must have 1 term of epidemiology (340.601, or equivalent with consent of instructor) and 1 term of biostatistics including knowledge of multivariable regression
  • Course Schedule

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

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