EPI 270

This course is an advanced seminar in reproductive epidemiologic methods. It is intended for graduate students who have a research focus and strong interest in reproductive epidemiology. The course will cover methodological challenges in study design, analysis, and interpretation of reproductive epidemiologic data. Study design considerations include exposure timing related to the reproductive outcome, missingness, informative presence in hospital sourced datasets, and generalizability. We will address topics of bias, confounding, model building based on conceptual models. Expanding traditional reproductive outcomes from gestational and obstetric outcomes (fetal development, complications of pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes), to considering outcomes across the lifespan such as menstrual cycles, gynecological conditions (such as ovulation disorders, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis), fertility outcomes, and the implications of reproductive health status for chronic disease. This course will emphasize the practical and applied aspects of conducting reproductive and perinatal epidemiological studies. The course will be led by Dr. Shruthi Mahalingaiah, with faculty joining to present methodological cases. Students must read the case materials before class and be prepared for active class discussion. Pass/fail grading will be based on class participation. 

  

Pre-Requisites 

EPI 201, EPI 202, and Epi 269

Other courses in areas of survival analysis (such as BST 223), longitudinal analysis (such as

BST 226), epidemiologic study design (such as EPI 203) are strongly encouraged but not required. Students outside of HSPH must request instructor permission to enroll in this course.