340.688.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
MWF 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    William Moss
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Distinguish study, target and source populations.
    • Calculate and interpret basic epidemiologic measures of disease frequency, validity and precision.
    • Identify distinguishing features of fundamental study designs, including randomized clinical trials, cohort studies and case-control studies.
    • Calculate basic measures used to compare disease frequencies, identify and classify sources of information and selection bias, identify concepts and frameworks useful for inferring causation, and define confounding.
    • Identify the contributions of laboratory methods to epidemiologic studies and the similarities and differences in scientific methods.
  • Course Description
    Introduces students of laboratory sciences to the population science of epidemiology, including methods and approaches to measurement, study design and inference. Similar in content to Principles of Epidemiology 340.601; however, examples highlight the interface between epidemiology and laboratory sciences, including the use of biomarkers to measure of exposure, outcome and risk.
  • Intended Audience
    Students in laboratory-based departments who are required to take an introductory course in epidemiology, specifically students in the Departments of Environmental Health Sciences, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Methods of Assessment

    Multiple choice midterm examination (30%), final (50%) examination and two on-line quizzes (10% each).

  • Prerequisites
  • Course Schedule

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

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