340.616.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Course Schedule

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

  • Contact Information
    Jennifer Schrack
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Recognize the public health significance and challenges of an aging population, and the associated changes that make health issues for older persons unique.
    • Describe the epidemiology of major geriatric syndromes, including physical disability, falls, and cognitive decline and their public health implications.
    • Discuss opportunities for prevention of diseases and syndromes in the context of the health status heterogeneity of older adults.
    • Integrate general epidemiological methods and specific gerontology knowledge when evaluating epidemiological literature pertaining to older adults.
  • Course Description
    Addresses the rapidly increasing need for specialized knowledge among epidemiologists in order to effectively promote the health of the aging society in the US (in 2020, 20% of the US population will be 65 or older). Introduces the epidemiology of aging and age-related disorders, including overviews of the public health impact of an aging society and the demographics and biology of aging. Covers the descriptive and analytic epidemiology of prevalent chronic conditions in the aged, methodologic challenges essential to consider in research on older adults, and strategies for prevention of age-related disorders.
  • Intended Audience
    Students pursuing the Gerontology Certificate program, students in Epid of Aging, Epid of CVD, Clinical Epid, Cancer Epid and others interested in lifespan approach to public heatlh
  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on a midterm and final project.

  • Prerequisites
    1 graduate course each in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (340.601 & 140.621 recommended).
  • 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.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Jennifer Schrack, PhD


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