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Epidemiology II: Balambal Bharti, MBBS, MPH, PhD and John Bellettiere, PhD

Objective: Scholars will build on the content of Epidemiology I by attending guest lectures given by epidemiologists currently active in their field. Both methodology and content will be addressed in these guest lectures including topics such as smoking studies, genetic epidemiology, reproductive epidemiology, ecological studies, and the epidemiology of violence. Students will also gain an understanding of health disparities in epidemiologic research and be exposed to additional and advanced epidemiologic methods such as meta-analysis and cluster analysis. Participants will become familiar with advanced epidemiological issues and understand how study designs are practically applied in specific content areas. Students conclude this course with written exam.

Course Content

Topic Content

Epidemiology I Review

Review basic epidemiologic concepts

Smoking Studies

Study design, outcomes, controversies

Ecological Studies

Current topics and examples of this study design

Health Disparities

How health disparities are defined and measured in epidemiologic studies

Epidemiology of Violence

How epidemiology is applied to the study of violence and public health

Reproductive Epidemiology

Current studies in reproductive epidemiology

Genetic Epidemiology I

Basic concepts

Genetic Epidemiology II

Advanced concepts

Advanced Methods

Meta-analysis, cluster analysis or others

Final Proposal Review

Final proposals are reviewed by faculty and peers.