PubH_3131_Spring_MIU

PubH_3131_Spring_MIU - Department of Epidemiology and...

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Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics PubH 3131.10 Spring 2012 Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease Tuesday and Thursday 11:10-12:25 227 Ross Hall Instructor: Margaret Ulfers, PhD Adjunct Professor in Epidemiology-Biostatistics 2100 West Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Email: mulfers@gwu.edu Office Hours: Immediately before and after class and by appointment Course Description : Principles of Epidemiology applied to disease surveillance, control of infectious and chronic diseases and health services/ health policy. Understanding of basic research designs and their relationship to establishing causal relationships and effectiveness of interventions to prevent and cure disease. Course Prerequisite(s): PubH 1101 Course Learning Objectives 1. Describe uses of epidemiology 2. Describe the contributions of epidemiology to evidence-based public health 3. Utilize rates/proportions of disease in comparison groups to calculate various effect measures used by epidemiologists 4. Understand and interpret these effect measures 5. Describe rationale for and basic methods for adjustment of rates 6. Utilize graphical presentations of data and detect deceptive presentations of data 7. Understand concepts of statistical significance testing and confidence intervals 8. Understand the process of collecting health data, including from vital records 9. Identify types of public health surveillance 10. Identify basic methods of study design including ecological, cross sectional, case-control, cohort and randomized clinical trials 11. Identify and apply criteria for well conducted studies 12. Identify sources of potential bias or error in studies 13. Describe principles for assessment of safety of interventions 14. Describe principles of infectious disease epidemiology and outbreak investigation 15. Utilize the concepts of sensitivity, specificity and predictive value 16. Apply methods learned to reading abstracts, full research articles and critiquing health information/news Required Text- available on reserve in Himmelfarb and in bookstore Title Author Edition Epidemiology Foundations Peter J. Fos 1 Methods of Instruction x Lectures x Case Studies x Required Readings/Textbook x Recommended/Supplemental Readings x Class and Small Group Discussions
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Methods of Evaluation Percent of Grade Midterm: Covers sessions 1-14 - In-class 25% 8 short exercises 40% Final Examination- 35% Extra credit – finding bad science (see explanation on Bb) 5% Class Policy: Reading assignments are expected to be completed PRIOR to class. Although you may discuss the homework exercises with other students, the assignment you turn in must be your own work in your own words. If you copy another students assignment or let someone else copies yours, you are both cheating. Exams: Must be done independently, on your own.” Grading Scale and Standards: Use of university grading scale including pluses and minuses with modest adjustments in cut off lines between grades depending on class performance. Substantial
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