Course Outline - EPID 301 Principles of Epidemiology - 2010...

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Unformatted text preview: EPID 301 Principles of Epidemiology - 2010 Instructor: Dr. Harriet Richardson (533-6000; ext 78958) Dr. Kristan Aronson (533-6000; ext. 78522) Email: Harriet Richardson Kristan Aronson Anne Grundy Michaela Smith Harriet and Kristans office address: Queens Cancer Research Institute, 10 Stuart St., Level 2 Directions: QCRI is the building to the left behind Botterell Hall go to the second floor and call me using the phone at the door to the Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology (phone list provided) Class times: Thursday 11:30 2:30 pm Location: Botterell Hall, B147 Objectives: 1. To introduce you to epidemiology, its purpose and scope and how it contributes to our understanding of health problems 2. To familiarize you with epidemiologic study designs, issues of bias, and methods for analyzing epidemiologic data 3. To help you to think critically about health research, particularly observational research on humans Prerequisites: A basic understanding of statistics, as demonstrated through the successful completion of STAT 263 (or equivalent), or permission of the instructor. Enrolment: Students enrolled in the Life Sciences program, or students in related disciplines with approval of the course instructor. Format: Sessions will take the form of lectures, discussions, some group work and guest lectures. The course follows an introductory curriculum in epidemiology with emphasis on the concepts that form the basis of epidemiologic thinking. The structure of the course is informed by a conceptual model that defines what is epidemiology which is included in this syllabus. We will make liberal use of examples from the recent literature. In addition to individual level work and exams, there will be in-class exercises and a two part group assignment designed to facilitate students familiarity with and understanding of the material. The instructors will assign group membership. In-class exercises are not marked and are designed to underscore key concepts and provide some practice for exam questions. They may involve individual level work, group work or a combination. Evaluation: Group assignment part 1 15% Midterm exam 20% Group assignment part 2 15% Individual assignment 15% Final exam 35% Guest lecture attendance 2% bonus (0.5% for each) Text: William A. Oleckno Essential Epidemiology: Principles and Applications. Waveland Press Inc. 2002. (not to be confused with book of same title by Webb et al.) What is epidemiology? What health problem? W h a t d o w e n e e d t o k n o w ? W h a t is k n o w n ? I s t h e q u e s t i o n a n s w e r e d ? W h a t is th e n e x t s te p ? W h a t d o e s t h a t s t e p c o n s i s t o f ? S u b s ta n tiv e E p id e m io lo g y L i t e r a t u r e R e v i e w C r i t i c a l A p p r a i s a l D e s i g n i n g Epidemiologic S t u d i e s D is e a s e F re q u e n c y R is k F a c to rs D e s i g...
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course EPID 301 taught by Professor Richardson&aronson during the Spring '09 term at Queens University.

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Course Outline - EPID 301 Principles of Epidemiology - 2010...

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