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Teaching EpidemiologyA guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine$
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Jørn Olsen, Naomi Greene, Rodolfo Saracci, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.001.0001

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Teaching a first course in epidemiologic principles and methods

Teaching a first course in epidemiologic principles and methods

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(p.67) Chapter 5 Teaching a first course in epidemiologic principles and methods
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Teaching Epidemiology
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Kenneth J. Rothman

Sherri O. Stuver

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.003.0005

An important aim for a first course in epidemiologic methods is to provide a strong working knowledge of the fundamentals of epidemiologic principles. In this chapter the authors discuss a sequence of core topics to broach the teaching of epidemiologic concepts and methods, to cover the essential principles and the main methods for conducting epidemiologic research. The topics addressed include causation and causal inference; epidemiologic measures; types of epidemiologic studies; principles of good study design; principles of epidemiologic data analysis; stratified analysis; analysis of interaction; multivariable analysis; and analysis of multilevel or continuous exposures. For each topic, suggestions are offered for what concepts should be the focus in the classroom, as well as strategies for presenting those concepts. By the end of the course, students should be able to discuss and criticize the design of epidemiologic studies in a balanced way and to demonstrate quantitative regard for various sources of error.

Keywords:   epidemiologic methods, causation, epidemiologic measures, study design, data analysis, interaction, multivariable analysis

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