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Noel S Weiss
EPI 542
Seattle Campus

Clinical Epidemiology

Principles and methods involved in studying the outcome of illness. Prerequisite: EPI 511, or EPI 512 and EPI 513. Offered: S.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

Having had a course on introductory epidemiology

Class assignments and grading

4 assignments (ungraded) and a final exam


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 Angelica M. Buck
Date: 08/06/2008