Demonstration and application of epidemiologic methods for the study of environmental and occupational health problems; epidemiologic exposure assessment methods and methods relevant to cohort, case-control, cross-sectional, and case cross-over studies; survey design and sources and evaluation of biases and confounding; emphasis on written and oral communication skills.
1. Critically assess existing epidemiologic research Students will: describe study goals; summarize study design, methods, and results; identify biases and evaluate whether biases seriously affect study validity; and consider whether results might be used for prevention. 2. Design appropriate studies for investigating various EOH problems Given a problem, students will: identify an appropriate study design for investigating the problem; choose appropriate study populations; identify relevant epidemiologic exposure assessment methods; design data collection instruments; describe logistical considerations for data collection and data management. 3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of epidemiologic exposure assessments Students will describe various approaches for determining environmental and occupational exposures in epidemiologic studies, and will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches. 4. Discuss ethical issues relevant to environmental/occupational epidemiologic research Students will recognize the importance of ethical protections such as informed consent, confidentiality, IRB review, and notification of results, and discuss approaches for their implementation. 5. Describe epidemiologic research orally and in writing Students will communicate clearly in professional and community settings about epidemiologic research in environmental and occupational health, including public health significance, study methods, study results, and study interpretation. 6. Interpret and translate epidemiologic findings for policy and decision-making Students will interpret, synthesize, and translate environmental epidemiologic findings for various audiences and consider its role in policy and decision-making.