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Noel S Weiss
EPI 582
Seattle Campus

Design and Analytic Strategies to Enhance the Validity of Epidemiologic Studies

Discusses the issues that led to specific methodologic developments during the past 30 years, along with a characterization of these developments and the consequences of their application. Prerequisite: EPI 512; EPI 513. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: W.

Class description

Discussion of issues that led to several methodologic articles authored by the instructor, the nature of the articles themselves, subsequent studies that have used the suggested approaches, and any modification of the methods that have been proposed.

Student learning goals

Identify issues that can compromise the validity of epidemiologic studies, and understand the ways in which some of these issues can be addressed.

General method of instruction

During five 50-minute class sessions, to alternate with the biweekly meeting of the Journal Club, the instructor will lead a discussion based on one methodologic topic relevant to enhancing the validity of epidemiologic studies.

Recommended preparation

Successful completion of EPI 512 and EPI 513 is a prerequisite for all students; as is concurrent enrollment in EPI 591 or instructor permission.

Class assignments and grading

Background reading for the class discussions will consist of two or three journal articles that will be made available to the students prior to each session (see class schedule for citations). The course grading is credit/no credit; and credit will be based on studentsí participation in classroom discussions.

Grades will be assigned based on 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 Courtney Marshall
Date: 12/10/2008