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Epidemiologic Practice Methods for Population Health 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

Epid Methods 1 and 2, e.g. 340.752 OR Epi Inference 1 and 2/Principles of Epi 1 and Epi Inference 2 (e.g. 340.722) AND 2 terms of Biostats: 140.622 OR 140.652

Introduces quantitative epidemiologic techniques applied by both academics and public health professionals to analyze and interpret routinely collected at the subpopulation level to target and address health inequities. Four modules include instruction in Stata and R, with topics including: 1. Weighted Survey Analysis: Analytic techniques for the incorporation of weights in the analysis of survey data to make inferences about the target population. 2. Calculating Life Expectancy: Calculation of single-decrement life tables using statistical programs as well as publically available Excel-based tools. 3. Estimate Preventable Deaths: Econometric techniques for estimating preventable deaths and potential lives saved from risk factor modification. 4. Conceptual Frameworks in Epidemiology: Apply graph theory to understand the relationships between variables in commonly-used causal frameworks. Understand the importance of using conceptual frameworks in guiding epidemiologic inquiry.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply methods for the analysis of weighted survey data, access publically available population-based survey data conducted routinely in the US, and understand techniques used in weighting population survey data.
  2. Describe the components of a single-decrement life table, and use of life table tools to calculate at-birth life expectancy in demographic subpopulations using vital statistics data.
  3. Apply appropriate econometric techniques for quantifying changes in population-level core measures of health and well-being having averted deaths through adjustments in modifiable risk factors.
  4. Identify opportunities for intervention and policy change in behavioral/environmental risk factors affecting population health through understanding the relationships between variables using elements of graph theory, and applying approaches for developing appropriate conceptual frameworks to answer a stated research question.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 25% Assignments
  • 25% Assignments
  • 25% Assignments
  • 25% Assignments
Special Comments

Institute section is not required for students in the 1st year of the ScM / MHS in Epidemiology. The format of this course is a combination of lectures and small group discussions. In each module, students will be given time in small groups to discuss concepts and assignments, but ultimately each assignment will be turned in individually. There will be no requirement for small groups to meet outside of class time. This course will be conducted via live synchronous Zoom sessions during the scheduled class times.