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Topics in Pharmacoepidemiology

Summer Institute
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, June 10, 2024
End Date
Friday, June 28, 2024
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Introductory course in epidemiology. BSPH Intro to Online Learning.

Most adults in the United States and world-wide use daily medications. Learn the best methods to study the utilization, safety, and effectiveness of medicines.
Introduces the key elements of pharmacoepidemiology. Explores the utilization and effects of drugs in large numbers of people and the application of epidemiological methods to pharmacological issues. Focuses on questions of drug safety and effectiveness, concentrating on clinical patient outcomes and on evaluating the use of therapies. 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 outcomes.
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
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Assignments
  • 80% Final Exam
Special Comments

Pre course readings will be posted on CoursePlus one week before the start of the course. The final exam will be due 10 days after the conclusion of the course.