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Intermediate Epidemiology

June 10 - June 14, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
3 credits
Course Number: 340.602.79 (Synchronous online)

"It's such an honor to be able to have Dr. Szklo as a professor, he is very dedicated, has a lot of experience, and really makes his best effort to make sure the students are acquiring the concepts. The mix of lectures with the exercises is great to apply the concepts learned in class."— Student, 2019

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Covers key principles, designs and methods of observational epidemiology studies. Includes a description of general designs of the main observational studies (birth cohort analysis, ecologic studies, cohort, case-based case-control studies, case-control studies within a defined cohort, and case-crossover studies), measures of disease frequency (cumulative incidence, rate and odds) and of association (relative risk, odds ratio), evaluation of confounding and interaction, types of bias, and the most often used methods of adjustment for confounding effects and their assumptions. Employs lectures and group discussions of exercise.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe modern design features of epidemiologic studies

  • Calculate and contrast measures of association and measures of impact

  • Employ epidemiologic methods to address confounding, bias, effect modification and modeling using multiple variables in epidemiologic studies

Methods of Assessment: Class participation - 10%; Lab assignments - 30%; Final Exam - 60%

Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail