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This course exposes you to the basic principles of epidemiology, including etiology, transmission, outbreak investigation, disease surveillance, screening, and study design.  Students will learn about cross-sectional, case-control, cohort and intervention study designs, their strengths and limitations, and how to make the proper choice of study design for conducting your own research. You will learn to identify and calculate the correct measure of risk for each study design, recognize major sources of bias, confounding and misclassification, and understand design and analysis methods of dealing with each,  while becoming familiar with criteria to differentiate association from causation.

Note: for master's students enrolled in the Clinical Research program ONLY. For more information please visit the program website:

Course Number: CLRE-251
Credit: 2.00 unit(s)