Noel S Weiss
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.
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.
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.