Courses Details

EPID824: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Fleischer, Nancy
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: EPID601
  • Advisory Prerequisites: EPID600 and EPID601 or equivalent, and doctoral student taking comprehensive exam; other students admitted by permission of instructor
  • Description: Advanced epidemiologic methods, with an emphasis on causality in epidemiologic research, theoretical considerations and interpretations of findings.
  • Course Goals: By the end of the course, the student will be able to: -Identify models, tools and strategies to strengthen causal inference in epidemiologic studies -Develop appropriate study designs in light of a specific research question, resources, population, time, and other characteristics -Analyze and evaluate observational epidemiologic studies with differing designs -Recognize and remediate issues of biases and validity in epidemiologic studies -Appreciate broader statistical concerns and alternative methods for epidemiologic 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 -Design a research project that addresses an important population health or clinical question, using appropriate epidemiologic methods under constraints confronted in practice -Employ state-of-the-art statistical and other quantitative methods in the analysis of epidemiologic data -Provide clear and effective oral communications of epidemiologic concepts, methods, results, and implications to scientists, students, policy makers, and the public