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Topics in Pharmacoepidemiology

June 12 - June 30, 2023
Location: Online
2 credits
Course number: 340.619.89

Course Instructors:

This course introduces the key elements of pharmacoepidemiology. It explores the utilization and effects of drugs in large numbers of people and the application of epidemiological methods to pharmacological issues. The course focuses on questions of drug safety and effectiveness, concentrating on clinical patient outcomes and on evaluating the use of therapies. It applies the research methods of clinical epidemiology (e.g., randomized trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, use of secondary data, attention to biases and confounding, effects of non-adherence, active and  passive surveillance for adverse events) to study medication exposures and outcome.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
1)Describe the process of late-stage drug development and post-market regulation in the United States
2)Explain the concept of pharmacovigilance and articulate methods to examine the safety of marketed products
3)Evaluate studies examining products efficacy or effectiveness with an emphasis on definitions of exposures, outcomes and common validity threats     

Methods of Assessment:

1) Participation 15%
2) Final Exam 85%

Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail