Description: Overview of contemporary methodologic topics in epidemiology
Course Goals: The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to contemporary methods in epidemiologic research. We will discuss conceptual and empirical work on directed acyclic graphs, mediation and effect modification, meta-analysis, systems-based approaches, gene-environment interactions, multi-level modeling, and inverse-probability weighting for selection bias.
Competencies: This course will address the following Department of Epidemiology MPH core competencies (List 1-10): 6. Be familiar with the the basic tools of causal inference in epidemiology (e.g. counterfactuals, directed acyclic graphs, fundamental of systems approaches). 7. Understand epidemiologic concepts of causal inference including bias, confounding and effect modification, and be able to apply study design and analytical approaches to minimize, assess or account for them in epidemiologic studies. 9. Demonstrate effective communication of epidemiologic findings in written and oral formats. 10. Be exposed to published epidemiologic studies and be able to critically appraise epidemiological findings.