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12.08.2019 To 16.08.2019

Advanced Epidemiologic Methods: Rethinking Basic Epidemiologic Concepts

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Intensive Short Course

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The intent of this intensive short course is to strenghten the methodological skills of the research community.

At the end of the week participants should be able to:

  • Use the sufficient cause model, counterfactual susceptibility type model, and a causal graph to assist with the design or analysis of an epidemiologic study
  • Calculate adjusted measures of effect and select those that, when collapsible, correspond to the no-confounding condition. Use the adjusted measures of effet to estimate the direction and magnitude of confounding
  • Distinguish effect measure modification, interdependence and statistical interaction from one another as separate - but related - concepts of interaction
  • Identify the likely magnitude and direction of bias due to misclassification of exposure, outcomes, confounders and modifiers
  • Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of significance testing
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of fequentist and 'Bayesian approaches to analysis of a single study, to evidence, and to changing your mind.

Matthew Fox, DSc, MPH, is a Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Epidemiology at Boston University. Dr. Fox joined Boston University in 2001. Before that time he was a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan. His research interests include treatment outcomes in HIV-treatment programs, infectious disease epidemiology (with specific interests in HIV and pneumonia), and epidemiologic methods. Dr. Fox works on ways to improve retention in HIV-care programs in South Africa from the time of testing HIV-positive through long-term treatment. As part of this work, he is involved in analyses of whether treating patients at higher CD4 counts leads to improved long-term retention and treatment outcomes. Dr. Fox also does research on quantitative sensitivity analysis and recently co-authored a book on these methods, Applying Quantitative Bias Analysis to Epidemiologic Data.
He currently teaches a thrid-level epidemiologic methods class, Advances Epidemiology as well as two other doctoral level epidemiologic courses. Dr. Fox is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health with a master's degree in epidemiology and biostatistics and a doctorate in epidemiology.

Course Information

  • Course language: English
  • ECTS points: 3
  • Course Fee: 510€ for students, 750€ for other participants

Organizational and administrative matters

Speakers:

Prof. Matthew Fox, Departments of Global Health and Epidemiology at Boston University

Event organizer:

Berlin School of Public Health

Time:

August 12th to Aug. 16th, 2019

Venue/location:

To be announced

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