Noel S Weiss
Principles and methods involved in studying the outcome of illness. Prerequisite: EPI 511, or EPI 512 and EPI 513. Offered: S.
Clinical epidemiology: the study of the outcome of illness
Student learning goals
1. Gauge the accuracy of a given diagnostic or screening test.
2. Enumerate the approaches to evaluating the degree to which a test can lead to improved health outcomes, and judging when it is appropriate to employ those approaches.
3. Describe characteristics of a given randomized trial of therapy that are needed to enhance validly and maximize generalizability.
4. Characterize those situations in which nonrandomized studies have the potential to generate valid estimates of therapeutic efficacy.
5. Identify elements of nonrandomized studies that allow for an accurate indication of a treatmentís unanticipated effects.
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, readings and exercises.
Having had a course on introductory epidemiology
Class assignments and grading
4 assignments (ungraded) and a final exam