Course Detailed Information:
Course name: Epidemiology
Course number: S042803
Course start time: Autumn
Number of classes: 54
Teaching mode: Lecture
Teacher in charge: Lina Wang
Contact Number: 13776616627
Epidemiology is the basic science of disease prevention and plays major roles in developing and evaluating public policy relating to health and to social and legal issues. Together with laboratory research, epidemiology is now used to identify environmental and genetic risk factors for disease and to shed light on the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of different diseases. This course is an introduction to epidemiology and to the epidemiologic approach to problems of public health and disease. It is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the Epidemiological rationale and to use the study designs that built in epidemiological researches (experimental studies, case-control studies, cohort studies and screening study). The course will include hands-on experience in the evaluation of epidemiologic evidence, the analysis of epidemiologic data, and the discussion of strategies aimed to promote public health. Most lectures will be followed by a lab session. This is a 3 credits course.
Assessment: Midterm Quiz (30%) + Presentation (30%) + Final Examination (40%)= 100%
Week Course Content
2 The Dynamics of Disease Transmission
3 The Occurrence of Disease (I).Disease Surveillance and Measures of Morbidity
4 The Occurrence of Disease (I).Mortality and Other Measures of Disease Impact
5 Cohort Study
6 Case-control Study
7 Estimating risk: Is There an Association?
8 Comparing Cohort and Case-control studies
9 Midterm Quiz
10 The Natural History of Disease: Ways of Expressing Prognosis
11 Assessing Preventive and Therapeutic Measures: Randomized Trials
12 Assessing the Validity and Reliability of Diagnostic and Screening Tests
13 From Association to Causation: Deriving Inferences from Epidemiology Studied
14 More on Causal Inferences: Bias, Confounding, and Interaction
15 Identifying the Roles of Genetic and Environmental Factors in Disease Causation
16 Applying Epidemiology to Evaluation and Policy
17 Presentation 18Final Examination
1. Gordis L. Epidemiology.5th .Elsevier.2013.
2. Rothman, Kenneth J, Greenland Sander, Lash Timothy L. Modern Epidemiology.3rd. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2008.
3. Moyses Szklo, F. Javier Nieto. Epidemiology. Beyond the Basics.3rd. Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, MA, 2000
4. Harvey Checkoway, Neil Pearce, David Kriebel. Research Methods in Occupational Epidemiology, 2nd. Edition. Oxford University Press, New York, 2004.
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