Course Descriptions


HSC 532: Epidemiology II

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to more knowledge about principles and methods of epidemiology.
Topics to be covered include:
Exploration of bias, confounding and effect modification ;Causation to association to causation: Bias, confounding and interaction and their assessment in case control and cohort studies; Controlling confounding : Design issue and statistical concepts in epidemiology to address confounding and interaction ;Introduction to using epidemiology to evaluate health services ;Epidemiology and public policy; Review of research findings of some important epidemiological studies showing linkages between particular drinking water source and cholera: between smoking and lung cancer; between heart disease and certain fats; between oral contraceptive use and breast cancer etc and Outbreak investigations.

Reference:
i. US Department of Health And Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): An Introduction to Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 2006 (Updated 2012)(Online book).
Newman,Thomas B, Browner,Warren: Epidemiology in Public Health, New York: MacGraw-Hill book Com ,4 Edition,1987.

HSC 532: Epidemiology II

Course Outline

Class no.

Date

Topic

Reference

Assignment/Exam

1

22/01/2016

-    Course briefing

-    Review of measures of disease occurrence

Chapter 3 of Gordis

 

2

22/01/2016

-    Review of measures of association 

Chapter 11 of Gordis

 

3

28/01/2016

-    Cohort study

Chapter 9 of Gordis

 

4

28/01/2016

-    Case-control study

Chapter 10 of Gordis

 

5

05/02/2016

-    Clinical trail

Chapter 7 and 8 of Gordis

 

6

05/02/2016

-    Clinical trial

Chapter 7 and 8 of Gordis

 

7

12/02/2016

-    Confounding

Chapter 15 of Gordis

 

8

12/02/2016

-    Effect modification

Chapter 15 of Gordis

Homework-1 to be handed out

9

19/02/2016

-    Stratified analysis

Chapter 15 of Modern epidemiology

 

10

19/02/2016

-    Review for mid-term exam

Chapter 15 of Modern epidemiology

Homework-1 to be handed in

11

26/02/2016

-    Mid-term exam

 

 

12

26/02/2016

-    Discussions on mid-term exam questions

 

 

13

04/03/2016

-    Matching in epidemiology

Chapter 10 of Gordis

 

14

04/03/2016

-    Analysis of matched data

 

 

15

11/03/2016

-    Infectious disease epidemiology

Chapter 27 of Modern Epidemiology

 

16

11/03/2016

-    Outbreak investigation

Chapter 2 of Gordis

 

17

18/03/2016

-    Statistical inference-1

 

 

18

18/03/2016

-    Statistical inference-2

 

 

19

25/03/2016

-    Literature review

 

 

20

25/03/2016

-    Evidence based public health

The seven steps of evidence-based practice

 

21

01/04/2016

-    Journal critique-1

 

Homework-2 to be handed out

22

01/04/2016

-    Journal critique-2

 

 

23

08/04/2016

-    Public Health Surveillance

Lesson 5 of Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice

 

24

08/04/2016

-    Public Health Surveillance

Lesson 5 of Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice

 

25

15/04/2016

-    Sample size estimation

 

 

26

15/04/2016

-    Sample size estimation

 

 

27

22/04/2016

-    Review for final examination

 

 

28

22/042016

-    Review for final examination

 

Homework-2 to be hand in

29

29/04/2016

-    Final examination

 

 

30

29/04/2016

-    Review of final examination questions