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Epidemiologic Methods I

Course Number
5400 (Epidemiology)
Course Instructor(s)
Jennifer Brooks, Sarah A. Buchan

Course Description

This course is the introductory epidemiology course for the MPH degree program in Epidemiology and provides an overview of descriptive epidemiology and an introduction to analytical epidemiology.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss fundamental concepts of descriptive epidemiology using common epidemiological terminology.
  • Conduct an epidemiological analysis of population health data, including the analysis and interpretation of incidence rates, prevalence, attributable risks, relative risks, and odds-ratios.
  • Prepare and interpret both directly standardized rates and indirect standardized ratios.
  • Discuss the concept and approaches to causation from an epidemiological perspective.
  • Describe and differentiate the concepts of bias, confounding and random error.
  • Discuss the main features, advantages and disadvantages of randomized control trials, cross-sectional studies, cohort studies and case control studies.
  • Conduct a critical appraisal of a randomized control trial, cohort study and case control study.
  • Understand the concepts and identify the presence of confounding and effect measure modification.
  • Describe the role of epidemiology and approach to epidemiological thinking to concepts of population health including public health problems such as outbreaks, screening programs, and surveillance.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments (2 @ 10% each) 20%
Mid-term Exam 30%
Final Exam 40%
Participation 10%

General Requirements

  • Introduction to Biostatistics I (CHL 5201H) or equivalent, taken concurrently or recently. Students who are not taking CHL 5201H must discuss their eligibility with the course coordinator.

Exclusion: Introduction to Quantitative Methods (CHL5220H)

Pre/Co-Requisite Courses