COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce advanced methods in epidemiology with the primary goal of expanding knowledge of evolving methodological issues for epidemiological studies and causality inference. Topics include efficient study designs (e.g. nested case-controls, case-cohort, case-crossover) in epidemiological studies, causal diagrams and causal inference, propensity score and instrumental variable analysis to address confounding and bias. At the end of the course students will have a better understanding of various epidemiological methods used in clinical and epidemiological studies.
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Rothman KJ, Greenland S, Lash TL. Modern Epidemiology; 3rd Ed. 2008. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA; ISBN-10:1451190050, ISBN-13: 9781451190052
PREREQUISITES: Clinical Research Intensive; Epidemiological Research Methods
STUDENT PREPARATION: : No specific background preparation needed. All students are expected to have a working knowledge of basic computers and college mathematics.
SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: No. This is an advanced course.
STUDENT ASSESSMENTS: Homework and final exam
CREDIT HOURS: 2.0