Directed Reading: Methods in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

Course Number
CHL7001H F1
7000 (Reading Courses & Research Projects)
Course Instructor(s)
Hilary Brown

Course Description

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.

Course Objectives

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%
Grant presentation 15%
Final grant proposal 40%

General Requirements

This course will be of particular interest to graduate students focusing on reproductive or perinatal epidemiology in their own research. The course will also be of interest to those wishing to strengthen their understanding of methodological issues in epidemiology in an applied setting.

Prerequisites: CHL5402H and CHL5202H (or equivalent), or by permission of instructor.

Pre/Co-Requisite Courses