340.863.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
T 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Elizabeth Platz
    David Celentano
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • discuss epidemiology research, controversies, ethics, and help form their professional identities
  • Course Description

    Provides a forum in which the doctoral students present and discuss papers on topics relative to epidemiologic principles and practice. Proposed topics include issues in measurement, causal reasoning, confounding, and multilevel modeling. Faculty guides the selection of topics and readings, and facilitates active dialog among seminar participants.

    For 3rd term, the focus is on the profession of epidemiology. Topics to be covered include translational epidemiology, team science, the role of the epidemiologist at local health departments and in the global setting, preparing for and finding a job as an epidemiologist, communication about epidemiology and findings, being an author and being a reviewer, being an epidemiologist in academia, including professionalism.

    One of the goals of 3rd term is for doctoral students to learn to feel comfortable engaging in professional discussion with colleagues. As such, students are expected to fully and dynamicing engage in discussion. During 3rd term, students are expected to spend at least 24 hours outside of the classroom continuing to develop their dissertation specific aims, conceptual frameworks, and proposals with their advisors in preparation for 4th term. Two sessions of 3rd term will be dedicated to a group discussion of the students’ draft and revised specific aims, conceptual frameworks, and overall proposals.

  • Intended Audience
    2nd year Epidemiology doctoral students
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation is based on a paper, presentations, and classroom discussion.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    SPECIFIC TO THIRD TERM:  Class participation and attendance are required. There are no evaluative exercises (eg exams, papers); however, students are expected to continue to develop their specific aims and conceptual frameworks in preparation for fourth term. Occasional readings may be assigned.

  • Prerequisites
    340.751-754 and department written comprehensive exam.
  • 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.

  • Welcome Message

    Welcome to the 3rd term of the Epi Doctoral Seminar.  This term we will focus on the profession of epidemiology.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Elizabeth Platz, ScD, MPH
    Office: E6132A
    Tel: 410-614-9674
    Home Page:


  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
    Acquire a depth of understanding on topics relative to epidemiologic principles and practice.
  • Course Policies

    ·Attendance is mandatory because this is a discussion-focused course. Please let the instructors know in advance if you must miss a session.

    ·Participation for 3rd term of Doctoral Seminar is defined as attendance, contributing to group discussions, and presenting draft dissertation specific aims and conceptual frameworks.

    ·No make-up sessions will be offered.

    ·Cell phones, laptops, tablets may be used during class for purposes that enhance discussion, including reviewing suggested materials online and doing Internet searches for relevant information.

    ·CoursePlus and email will be used for course communication.

    ·Course materials are suggested for some sessions. Please review materials before class to enhance discussions.

    ·There are no evaluative exercises (e.g., exams, papers).This course is offered only with the Pass/Fail grading system. Students who miss 2 or more sessions without explanation will be given a grade of Fail.


  • 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