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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6030
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-05-14
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-02-01
  2. Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640300
  5. Contact Person: Dr. Heather Stockwell
  6. Phone: 9744804
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6030
  10. Full Title: Epidemiology Methods I
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Epi. Methods I
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Epidemiology (PHC 6000) or CI
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course is designed to cover the important concepts in epidemiology and their application in epidemiological research. Emphasis on measures and quantitative techniques, proper interpretation and explanation of quantative measures and results.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: It is desirable to add this course given the growing need for increased competencies in the area of epidemiologic research concepts and methodology. This new course will facilitate student understanding of the primary concepts and research strategies nee
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course will be a requirement for the MPH students in the Epidemiology concentration in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. It is highly relevant to students in other Public Health concentrations as well as Medicine, Nursing and research related diciplines.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctorate in Epidemiology
  29. Objectives: 1. To describe and analyze concepts in epidemiologic research methodology such as: exposure and outcome assessments in cohort studies; classification of diseases and exposures; bias identification and minimizing.

    2. To provide in depth understanding of epidemiologic screening and surveillance systems and skills needed to evaluate and identify the strengths and limitations of epidemiological studies.

    3. To provide students the skills to describe the role of confounding in epidemelogic studies and the methods available to control for confounding.

    4. To demonstrate and model techniques to effectively evaluate and coommunicate study finding to various audiences.

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. assess the causality of an observed association using various techniques including those developed by Hill and Rothman.

    2. interpret and evaluate measures of exposure and disease employed in epidemiologic studies.

    3. identify potential biases in various study designs and assess their likely direction and magnitude.

    4. describe the key features of various types of bias.

    5. describe the methods for controling confounding in epidemiologic studies.

    6. describe the main disease surveillace systems in the US and evaluate the strength and weaknesses of such databases.

    7. calculate measures associated with screening tests individually, in series and in other combinations.

    8. communicate research results orally and in writing to both scientists and nonscientists.

  31. Major Topics: Uses of epidemiologic evidence; measurement and classification of diseases and exposure; measuring effects; valididy and reliability; screening and surveillance; information bias; selection bias in cohort and case-control studies; confounding / noncausal effects; standardized rates and communication in Epidemiology.
  32. Textbooks: “Interpreting Epidemiologic Evidence: Strategies for Study Design and Analysis” by David A. Savitz; Oxford University Press 2003; ISBN 019510840X

    “Epidemiology: Beyond the Basics” Second Edition by Moyses Szklo and F. Javier Nieto; Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2007; ISBN 9780763729271

    “Modern Epidemiology” Second Edition by Kenneth J. Rothman and Sander Greenland; Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; ISBN 0316757802

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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