Prerequisites: EPID 601, BIOSTAT 523, BIOSTAT 560 or permission from instructor
Description: This course is for doctoral students with an interest in cardiovascular disease epidemiology (with a focus on stroke) and the epidemiologic methods used in this research area. Students will be exposed to major topics and issues in cardiovascular research and will gain experience with critical evaluation of the epidemiologic literature.
Course Goals: The goal of this course is to provide interested doctoral students with an opportunity to learn about cardiovascular epidemiology while providing them with an opportunity to apply their methodological training to critical evaluation of research in this area. Students taking this class are expected to learn about: 1) Pathophysiology of major forms of cardiovascular disease. 2) Methods for quantifying cardiovascular disease burden overall and in special populations. 3) Health disparities in cardiovascular disease and approaches to understanding their causes. 4) Risk factors for cardiovascular disease. 5) Translation of epidemiologic research in cardiovascular disease into clinical trials. 6) Clinical trials and evidence-based medicine. 7) Epidemiologic methods used in cardiovascular research.
Competencies: Critically evaluate and synthesize the scientific literature and develop new hypotheses to address gaps in our knowledge; Have a mastery of epidemiology study designs and be able to select a design that is appropriate to address a specific study question; Have a thorough understanding of causal inference, sources of bias, and methods to improve the validity of epidemiologic studies; Employ state-of-the-art statistical and other quantitative methods in the analysis of epidemiologic data; Demonstrate mastery in a substantive area of population health, and in this area integrate relevant biological, behavioral, and social mechanisms that operate at multiple levels of causation; Demonstrate excellent skills in the writing of scientific papers and grant applications; Provide clear and effective oral communications of epidemiologic concepts, methods, results, and implications to scientists, students, policy makers, and the public.