Courses Taught by Sara Adar

EPID640: SAS for Epidemiological Research

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Adar, Sara
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 503 or 553
  • Description: This course teaches the fundamentals of data management, processing, manipulation, and critical review of data in SAS for epidemiologic and statistical analysis.
  • Course Goals: As a hands-on class, this course aims to teach the basics of SAS in addition to sharpening student's intuition about how to use, manipulate, review, interpret, and judge others' claims about data.
  • Competencies: 3.H. Computer Packages in Data Analysis Skill 1.Use of computer packages for data entry and data analysis, to include spreadsheets, SAS, SPSS, STATA, and Epi Info. 3.J. Data Management Knowledge 1.Different types of data (qualitative and quantitative), the scale used to measure the data (nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio scales), and how the scale used relates to data coding, data entry, and generating a codebook. 2.Standard practices for data coding, data entry, generating codebooks for an epidemiological dataset, data verification, cleaning, and editing.
  • Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, students should be able to read in raw data, merge files, recode existing variables, create new parameters, critically review data for errors, create graphics to understand data, construct datasets for statistical analysis, and interpret simple statistical output in SAS.
Concentration Competencies that EPID640 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Apply core aspects of field methods in epidemiology (e.g., human subjects protections, survey design, sampling and power, surveillance) EPID640

EPID811: Critical Appraisal of Epidemiologic Studies

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Adar, Sara
  • Prerequisites: Doctoral standing or Perm. Instr.
  • Description: This is an introductory course for doctoral students in the epidemiology Ph.D. program. It will proved a unifying examination of epidemiological constructs and their application to the evaluation of the literature. Topics include: Importance of causal relationships; study designs that can demonstrate and test causation; interpretation of results from causation.
Concentration Competencies that EPID811 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Epidemiologic Science PhD Evaluate epidemiological study designs and advanced epidemiological methods, and select the most appropriate method to address a specific study question EPID811, EPID824, Comprehensive Exam
EPID Epidemiologic Science PhD Demonstrate a thorough understanding of causal inference, sources of bias, and methods to improve the validity of epidemiologic studies EPID811, EPID824, Comprehensive Exam