380.664.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Welcome Message

    Welcome to Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology. A 2012 Syllabus has been posted to the Class Materials & Resources page.

  • Contact Information
    Donna Strobino
    Caroline Moreau
  • Contact Information

    Teaching Assistant

    Anna Kaagesten


  • Course Description
    Focuses 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:

    1. review the epidemiology of selected reproduction health concerns and of pregnancy and perinatal outcomes.
    2. review epidemiology methods used in selected topics and how they affect study findings.
    3. provide information on selected sociodemographic, behavioral, and biologic risk factors for adverse outcomes, and to review the mechanisms for observed epidemiologic associations.
    4. apply epidemiologic findings to discussion of clinical and public health policies and controversies.
    5. 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
    • Apply 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 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.
  • Prerequisites
    340.601 or equivalent
  • Intended Audience
    Graduate Students
  • Course Schedule

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

  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on presentations, written assignments, and class participation.

    2014 Requirements and Method of Evaluation:

    1. Attendance of lectures and class participation. (10 points) Much of the material covered in the lectures will not be included in background readings. 
    2. Required readings. The readings are essential to all classes and will form the basis for class discussions.
    3. Preparation for and participation in class discussion.  Students will be assigned three classes for which they will be leading discussion. Starting with the 5th class, each class will involve a topic for which a series of questions will be discussed including a brief discussion of each article assigned for the topic. Students who are assigned for a given topic will be required to complete a paper prior to class.
    4. Three papers of approximately 5-8 pages in length (28 points per topic) 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 the questions specific to the articles to be discussed in class.
    5. A least one discussion question for three topics will also be required (2 points per topic) to be submitted prior to discussion of the topic.  The questions should involve a method, concept or implication of the findings about the readings for the topic, but should not be questions for clarification but rather ones that foster thoughtful discussion.
  • Assignment Descriptions and Guidelines

    Papers and Questions:

    Students in the course will be divided into 4 groups: A, B, C, and D for leading the discussion for assignments 1, 2 and 3. Groups A and B will include graduating students first to assure that paper assignments can be graded before the end of the term.  The order of responsibility for discussion questions for the assignments will be C, D, A, and B. 

    Assignment 1 papers and questions are due April 8, 10, 15 and 17 for the respective groups

    Assignment 2: April 22, 24, 29 and May 1

    Assignment 3, May 6, 8, 13 and 15.  

    Written assignments will be graded based on the quality of description of the studies and responses to the questions about the articles. An example will be posted of a question that was answered in a previous year but is not included among assignments this year. 

  • Grading Scales
    • Class Participation: 10 points
    • Written Assignment 1:  28 points
    • Assignment Questions 1: 2 points
    • Written Assignment 2:  28 points
    • Assignment Questions 2: 2 points
    • Written Assignment 3:  28 points
    • Assignment Questions 2: 2 points
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    There is no required textbook reading for the course.  Links to assigned articles are available from the CoursePlus website. 

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