Directed Reading: Methods in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
- Course Number
- CHL7001H F1
- 7000 (Reading Courses & Research Projects)
- Course Instructor(s)
- Hilary Brown
The time spanning from before conception to birth represents a critical period for both maternal and fetal health, with important implications for later development of chronic medical conditions. Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology is a well-established sub-specialty of epidemiology characterized by unique methodological challenges, including time-varying exposures, clustering of units of analysis, and measurement of rare exposures and rare outcomes. This course will examine, in detail, methodological approaches and challenges in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. Topics will cover design, measurement, and analysis in studies of fecundity and fertility, pregnancy and maternal health, and birth outcomes. Critical evaluation and design of research study proposals are a major focus of this course.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Identify and describe key methodological issues in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology;
- Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of studies in the reproductive and perinatal epidemiology literature;
- Apply their knowledge of reproductive and perinatal epidemiology methods and methodological challenges by designing a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-style grant proposal on a topic in reproductive or perinatal epidemiology.
Methods of Assessment
|Letter to the editor||30%|
|3 quizzes @ 5% each||15%|
|Final grant proposal||40%|