Fall 2019 - HSCI 805 G100

Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods (3)

Class Number: 8028

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 11660, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    HSCI 801 and 802.



Designing, conducting, analyzing, and interpreting epidemiologic research. Theoretical frameworks, concepts of inference, measures of disease occurrence and effect, study designs, issues in measurement, bias, confounding, and interaction. Critical assessment of the epidemiologic and public health literature.


  • At the end of this course, students should be able to
  • Critique and analyze evidence from the epidemiological literature.
  • Understand the basic study designs in epidemiology, including studies based on individuals as units of observation (e.g. case-control and cohort studies), versus ecological studies. Control selection strategies, nested case-control studies, case-cohort studies, matching
  • Calculate measures of disease occurrence including incidence, prevalence and survival data.
  • Understand the connections between epidemiology and biostatistics (e.g. the role of bias versus random error in formulating a scientific narrative; or distinction between internal and external validity).
  • Understand and communicate the results of epidemiological studies both in writing and through oral presentation.
  • Be familiar with a handful of practical everyday examples of challenging epidemiological problems.


  • Participation and attendence 15%
  • Midterm 15%
  • Final exam 30%
  • Term paper 40%



Epidemiology: Beyond the Basics, 4th Edition, Moyses Szklo and Javier Nieto (2018)


Principles of Biostatistics, Marcello Pagano and Kimberlee Gauvreau, 2nd Ed.

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