Course Description

EEH 696 Selected Topics, Causal Thinking in Epidemiology

3 Credits for PhD, Fall Semester

Prerequisites: EEH501, EEH502, EEH505, EEH506, EEH601, and EEH611

Selected topics for PhD students determined by individual faculty interest.

This special topics course is intended for advanced students pursuing a PhD in epidemiology from the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health. The overall objective is to explore the decision making process in understanding and interpreting epidemiologic data to render a casual inference. In the first half of the course, we will conduct a detailed examination of the epidemiologic and biologic literature related to the role of cigarette smoking and lung cancer. The goal of this exercise is to understand important aspects that led to making a causal inference about smoking and lung cancer incidence. In the second half of the course, we will apply what we learned from the lung cancer example to  a current epidemiologic controversy.

Instructor: Bonner