Advisory Prerequisites: Introductory course in epidemiology
Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
Description: This course will focus on diabetes epidemiology through lecture and discussions. Topics will include diagnosis and classification, risk factors and projections of disease burden, screening for diabetes, the evidence-base for diabetes prevention,and landmark observational studies and clinical trials evaluating the impact of treatment on complications.
Course Goals: The student will understand issues related to:
- diagnosis and classification
- risk factors and current and future disease burden
- screening for and prevention of type 2 diabetes
- microvascular and neuropathic complications of diabetes
- cardiovascular (CV) risk factors and CV disease in diabetes
- treatment of diabetes, its complications, and comorbidities
- translating interventions into community practice
- diabetes computer simulation modeling
Competencies: The student will learn:
- methodological issues related to diagnosing a chronic disease
- why, when, who, where, and how to screen for diabetes
- the advantages and disadvantages of primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions for diabetes
- the challenges of conducting randomized controlled clinical trials in diabetes
- the barriers to translating knowledge from clinical trials into community practice
- the rationale for and limitations to chronic disease computer simulation modeling
Learning Objectives: The student will learn methodological issues related to diagnosing a chronic disease. Why, when, who, where, and how to screen for diabetes, the advantages, and disadvantages of primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions for diabetes and the challenges of conducting randomized controlled clinical trials in diabetes.