PPOL G 797 - Epidemiological Thinking For Non-Specialists, Fall 2007
Epidemiological Thinking For Non-Specialists
Professor Peter Taylor, Ph.D.
Course Structure: 2.5 hour long classes - once a week
Introduction to methods and problems in research and applications where quantitative data is analyzed to reconstruct possible pathways of development of behaviors and diseases. Special attention given to social inequalities, changes over the life course, heterogeneous pathways, and controversies with implications for policy and practice. Case studies and course projects are shaped to accommodate students with interests in fields related to health, gerontology, education, psychology, sociology, and public policy. Students are assumed to have a statistical background, but the course emphasizes the ability to frame the questions in order to collaborate well with statistical specialists; the goal is methodological "literacy" not technical expertise.