Skip to main content

Conducting Epidemiological Research

June 27 - July 1, 2022
8:30 a.m. - noon
2 credits
Course Number: 340.614.11


This summer this course will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times listed above. Registered students will attend their classes virtually via Zoom, in real time with faculty and other students.

"This course was well taught from beginning to end. Dr. Jacobson did a phenomenal job. The availability of the lectures and resources made it easy to follow and allowed students to digest the content at their own pace outside of class hours."—Student, 2018 

“I liked everything about the course. Thank you for distilling decades of experience and best-practices into a course. This is something that cannot be learned from books, and having experts walk us through the entire process of doing a research study is amazing."—Student, 2017

Course Instructors:                                                                                                                            


Covers applications of epidemiologic principles in the conduct of observational studies as taught in advanced epidemiologic methods. Focuses on developing skills to conduct and manage a research protocol, monitor data collection, manage data and disseminate results. Covers components of a clinical research team, responsibilities, expertise and tasks study members perform, and organizational, logistical and attitudinal issues that need to be addressed in producing an effective research group. Topics include infrastructure needed for single-site and multi-site studies, selection bias and analytical intent in the determination of populations and methods for recruitment, development of a manual of operations and forms for data collection and administration, data management tools, implementation and review of quality assurance, specimen repository tracking, and useful statistics for evaluating the progress of the study.

Student Evaluation: Final exam

Learning Objective: On completion of this course, students will be able to

  • Explain methodologic principles for conducting epidemiologic studies.

  • Define and understand the elements of study conduct: population selection, recruitment and retention, study documentation including manual of operations, data collection and administrative forms, basic data management principles and implementation and review of quality.

Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail

Course Materials: Provided in class and through CoursePlus