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Conducting Epidemiologic Research

Course Status

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
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.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain methodological principles for conducting epidemiologic studies
  2. Define and discuss 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 rev
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 99% Final Exam
Special Comments

All in-person classes will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times the course is scheduled. For further information, please see the Institute website