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Spring 2010-2011
* GHP 351 / WWS 494   na, npdf


Joseph J. Amon

This required course for GHP students focuses on the distribution and determinants of disease. Diverse methodological approaches for measuring health status, disease occurrence, and the association between risk factors and health outcomes will be presented via classic and contemporary studies of chronic and infectious illness and disease outbreaks. Emphasis on: causal inference, study design and sampling, bias and confounding, the generalizability of research, health policy and research ethics.

Sample reading list:
Gordis, Leon, Epidemiology, 4th edition
Buck, C, A Llopis, E Najera and M Terris (eds.), The Challenge of Epidemiology: Issues and Selected Readings
Rothman, Kenneth J., Epidemiology: An Introduction

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to the required reading, students will select 5 case studies illustrating different epidemiologic study approaches (descriptive epidemiology, disease outbreak, case-control study, cohort study, clinical trial). One page summaries of the case studies will be turned in as written assignments.

Take Home Mid term Exam - 35%
Take Home Final Exam - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Completion of an approved basic statistics course (e.g., ECO 202, EEB/MOL 355, ORF 245, POL 345, PSY 251 or SOC 301), or completion of an advanced statistics course (e.g., ECO 302, ECO 312, ORF 405, SOC 404, WWS 332)..

Other information:
Classes will primarily consist of lectures emphasizing epidemiologic methods and discussion of current and historic research studies. Precepts will provide for additional opportunities to discuss current research, examine methods and explore analytical approaches.

Reserved Seats:
GHP Certificate Students Only 45

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40135 L01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T Th   Robertson Hall   001   Enrolled:34 Limit:45
P01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
P02 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am F   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
P03 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm F   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:12 Limit:15