Fundamentals of Epidemiology

EPIB-601: Fundamentals of Epidemiology 1

  Course Description
This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to modern epidemiologic concepts and methods. It is designed for graduate students in the MSc and PhD degree programs of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This course provides, at the graduate level, fundamental concepts, principles, and methods of epidemiologic research and study design. Topics include definitions, measures of disease frequency and effect, study designs, bias and confounding.In addition to lectures, students will participate in a practicum/laboratory session where they will engage in case studies, group discussions, article appraisals, and work on problem sets, quizzes, and lab exercises. The companion courses, 602 and 607, will cover other introductory topics in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Course outline

Lecture 1: Overview of Epidemiology – Part I [Slides]
Lecture 1: Overview of Epidemiology – Part II [Slides]
Lecture 2: Overview of Epidemiological Study Designs [Slides]
Lecture 3: Measures of Disease Frequency [Slides]
Lecture 4: Measures of Effect and Potential Impact [Slides]
Lecture 5: Bias in Epidemiological Studies: the Big Picture [Slides]
Lecture 6: Selection Bias in Epidemiological Studies [Slides]
Lecture 7: Information Bias in Epidemiological Studies [Slides]
Lecture 8: Confounding in Health Research: Definition and Conceptual Issues – Part I [Slides]
Lecture 8: Confounding in Health Research: Adjustment and Control – Part II [Slides]
Lecture 9: Effect Measure Modification & Interaction [Slides]
Lecture 10: Randomized Controlled Trials [Slides]
Lecture 11: Cohort Studies [Slides]
Lecture 12: Case-control Studies [Slides]
Lecture 13: Diagnostic Studies [Slides]
Lecture 14: Introduction to Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analyses [Slides]
Lecture 15: Ecologic Studies [Slides]