by David Kleinbaum and Eli Rosenberg
This is an introductory epidemiology course that emphasizes the underlying concepts and methods of epidemiology. Topics covered in the course include: study designs (clinical trials, observational studies, case-control studies, and cross-sectional), measures of disease frequency and treatment effect, and controlling for extraneous factors.
WEEK 1: Epidemiologic Methodology
- What is epidemiologic research
- Methodologic issues
WEEK 2: Study Designs
- Clinical trial (brief overview)
WEEK 3: Measuring Diseases
WEEK 4: Measuring Treatment Impact
- Risk ratio
- Odds ratio
- Difference measures
- Etiologic fraction
- Number needed to treat
WEEK 5: Controlling Extraneous Factors (brief overview)
Homework in this course consist of short answer questions to test concepts.
In addition to assigned readings, this course also has supplemental readings available online.
Administrators, practicing professionals, researchers, graduate or undergraduate students in the health, medical, and behavioral sciences interested in learning fundamental principles and methods of epidemiologic and public health research. This course is also intended to address increasing demands to provide training to public health professionals and students in developing countries that do not have convenient access to academic training in epidemiology and related public health fields. Specific topics covered in this course will be the purpose of epidemiology, its study designs, measures of disease occurrence and measures of effect, and an overview of control methods for extraneous factors
Course participants should have some background and/or interest in public health, medical research, or research in the behavioral sciences. The mathematics level is basic algebra. Though not strictly required, if you plan to continue your study of medical statistics beyond this course we recommend taking the introductory course sequence at the Institute before starting this course. This will allow you to move more readily into further courses for which the introductory sequence is a prerequisite.
This course takes place online at the Institute for 5 weeks. During each course week, you participate at times of your own choosing - there are no set times when you must be online. Course participants will be given access to a private discussion board. In class discussions led by the instructor, you can post questions, seek clarification, and interact with your fellow students and the instructor.
At the beginning of each week, you receive the relevant material, in addition to answers to exercises from the previous session. During the week, you are expected to go over the course materials, work through exercises, and submit answers. Discussion among participants is encouraged. The instructor will provide answers and comments, and at the end of the week, you will receive individual feedback on your homework answers.
About 15 hours per week, at times of your choosing.
Students come to the Institute for a variety of reasons. As you begin the course, you will be asked to specify your category:
- No credit - You may be interested only in learning the material presented, and not be concerned with grades or a record of completion.
- Certificate - You may be enrolled in PASS (Programs in Analytics and Statistical Studies) that requires demonstration of proficiency in the subject, in which case your work will be assessed for a grade.
- CEUs and/or proof of completion - You may require a "Record of Course Completion," along with professional development credit in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEU's). For those successfully completing the course, CEU's and a record of course completion will be issued by The Institute, upon request.
- Other options - Statistics.com Specializations, INFORMS CAP recognition, and academic (college) credit are available for some Statistics.com courses
The required course material is ActivEpi courseware, available free online at http://activepi.herokuapp.com . Click "Sign up” in the upper-right, enter the information requested, then confirm your registration via email. Next, use the "log in” button to enter your email address and password, and click the "ActiveEpi Web” course. This courseware contains everything you need to complete the course, but, if you wish, you may purchase a printed version of a companion guide here.
Note: The courseware is also available in CD form (Windows only) from the publisher, Springer, or other retailers such as Amazon.com ("ActivEpi CD”).
Course Fee: $589
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