REPRODUCTIVE AND PERINATAL EPIDEMIOLOGY Syllabus
Welcome to Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology. A 2012 Syllabus has been posted to the Class Materials & Resources page.
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Course DescriptionFocuses on current research, controversial issues and methodological approaches about the epidemiology of reproductive and perinatal health. Selected topics include, but are not limited to, conception, infertility, contraception, hormone supplementation, reproductive related cancers, complications of pregnancy, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Includes short lectures on selected topics, followed by student-directed discussion of research readings and their public health implications.
Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
2013 Course Objectives
Students will be able to:
- review the epidemiology of selected reproduction health concerns and of pregnancy and perinatal outcomes.
- review epidemiology methods used in selected topics and how they affect study findings.
- provide information on selected sociodemographic, behavioral, and biologic risk factors for adverse outcomes, and to review the mechanisms for observed epidemiologic associations.
- apply epidemiologic findings to discussion of clinical and public health policies and controversies.
- evaluate different forms of evidence in reproductive and perinatal health research to determine the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches.
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Review the fundamental biologic and methodological underpinnings of reproduction health concerns and pregnancy and perinatal outcomes
- Identify key conceptual paradigms and methodological challenges in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology and evaluate how they affect study findings about selected outcomes
- Evaluate the contribution of sociodemographic, behavioral, and biologic risk factors for adverse outcomes, and to review the mechanisms for observed epidemiologic associations
- Critically review epidemiologic research about selected reproduction health concerns and of pregnancy and perinatal outcomes and different forms of evidence in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology
- Apply the findings of epidemiologic findings and concepts to clinical and public health policies and controversies.
Intended AudienceGraduate Students
Methods of Assessment
Student evaluation based on presentations, written assignments, and class participation.
2013 Requirements and Method of Evaluation:
- Attendance and class participation. (10% of grade) Class attendance is essential for discussion of content covered in the course
- Required readings. The readings are essential to all classes and will form the basis for class discussions
- Preparation for class discussion. Students will be assigned three classes for which they will be leading discussion. Each class will involve a series of questions including a brief discussion of each article assigned for class
- Three papers of approximately 5-8 pages in length (30% of grade each); students specifically designated to present on a given date will hand in a 5-8 page paper prior to class summarizing each article and answering questions specific to the articles to be discussed in class.
Prerequisites340.601 or equivalent
Additional Faculty Notes:
There is no required textbook reading for the course. Links to assigned articles are available from the CoursePlus website.
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
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