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Christopher I-Fu Li
EPI 524
Seattle Campus

Epidemiologic Studies of Cancer Etiology and Prevention

Current knowledge of the role of environmental/lifestyle factors and genetic susceptibility in the etiology of several cancers with an emphasis on study design. Prerequisite: either EPI 511 or EPI 512; concurrent enrollment in EPI 513. Offered: W.

Class description

The course intends to provide a broad overview of current knowledge about the etiology of most common forms of cancer, and most relevant types of carcinogens. It also will address the major methodological issues epidemiologists face when studying these complex diseases. The format of the course is a mix of lectures and structured reading exercises. Faculty who are experts in specific topics will lead each lecture session.

The only difference between EPI 524A (3 credits) and EPI 524B (4 credits) is that EPI 524B involves the completion of an original data analysis project. Enrollment in EPI 524B requires instructor permission, and is limited to students with sufficient data analysis skills (typically second year students or those with a prior Masters degree). Please contact one of the instructors if you would like more information about this option.

Student learning goals

Describe and compare the epidemiology for several major cancer types.

Apply epidemiological methods and study designs to cancer research.

Become familiar with publicly available cancer registry data and be able to plan studies using these data.

Advance abilities to critically evaluate epidemiology studies.

Interpret findings reported in the scientific literature and translate them into public health policy/practice.

Obtain specialized, detailed knowledge regarding a particular cancer type and/or cancer risk factor.

General method of instruction

Primarily lectures with a few session devoted to discussing homework assignments.

Recommended preparation

1. EPI 511, or 2. EPI 512 and completed or concurrent enrollment in EPI 513

Class assignments and grading

There are required readings for each class session. There are three homework assignments (3-5 pages in length) and a final project that can be either a written or oral report. For students enrolled in EPI 524B, the final project is an original data analysis using publicly available cancer registry data.

Assignments and class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Christopher I-Fu Li
Date: 12/13/2007