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Pharmacoepidemiology Methods

2nd Term
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

340.601 or 340.751 or 340.721

Introduces the key elements of pharmacoepidemiology. Explores the utilization and effects of drugs in large numbers of people. Discusses the application of epidemiological methods to pharmacological issues. Focuses heavily 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) to the content area of pharmacology (e.g., determinants of beneficial and adverse drug effects, effects of patient heterogeneity on drug effect, effects of non-adherence, active and passive surveillance for adverse events).
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the development of the drug regulation processes in the United States
  2. Recognize the role of industry in drug development
  3. Appraise pharmacovigilance systems
  4. Access different data sources for pharmacoepidemiology studies and their strengths and limitations
  5. Apply epidemiological techniques to questions about drug effectiveness or drug safety
  6. Recognize the role of industry in drug development
  7. Explain the drug approval process in the US
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 6% Discussion Board
  • 6% LiveTalks
  • 18% Assignments
  • 30% Midterm
  • 40% Final Exam
Enrollment Restriction
graduate students only