340.769.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Carlos Castillo-Salgado
    Carla Zelaya
    David Dowdy
    Susan Tonascia
    Sanjay Rampal
    Vinny Singh
    Academic Coordinator
    Allyn Arnold
    Julie Thorne
    Guest Faculty
    Michel Ibrahim
    Renee Gindi
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Recognize the framework of essential public health functions and services for developing prospective epidemiological scenarios.
    • Describe and apply the main epidemiological risk measures (RR, PAR) in developing epidemiological profiles of critical populations and areas at local and national levels.
    • Review and use decision analysis methods for informing evidence-based decision-making using epidemiological data.
    • Identify and apply epidemiological metrics and tools for health priority selection, health needs assessments and measuring health inequalities.
    • Identify and critically evaluate and use epidemiologic measures of effectiveness in public health program evaluation.
    • Identify key methodological considerations when using epidemiological evidence and knowledge as translational research in public health programs.
  • Course Description
    Trains future leaders using advanced epidemiological methods applied in modern public health practice, and provides students with the key epidemiological competencies for mid-level and senior-level epidemiologists. Covers examples of health priority assessments, health needs assessments, epidemiological stratification of public health problems, measuring health inequalities and evaluation of effectiveness of public health programs using real public health scenarios and available health information datasets. Also covers selected methods for translating epidemiologic data for decision-making. Addresses the role of available epidemiological evidence and translational research for public health programs.
  • Intended Audience
    DrPH students in Epidemiology and other fields who expect to lead professional practice teams and centers. Epidemiology masters and doctoral students. Also appropriate for MPH students in the professional epidemiology interest group / track.
  • Methods of Assessment

    Class participation 35%: [lecture and lab attendance 15% (each) + group presentation 5%], lab assignments 35%, and take home final 30%.

  • Prerequisites

    340.751 and 340.752 or 340.601 and 340.608

  • 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.

  • TA Hours

    TA office hours are held every Thursday from Noon to 1pm at W2207.

  • 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