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Epidemiologic Methods II
EPI 207 Winter 2019 (3 units)


Epidemiologic Methods II is designed to extend upon the instruction offered in Epidemiologic Methods (EPI 203). Topics include advanced coverage of study design, measurement, and overcoming threats to validity. The overarching objective is to help you build skills in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic research.

Specific objectives are for the student to:

  • Understand common study designs used in observational epidemiologic research;
  • Identify sources of bias in observational studies;
  • Understand and practice applying methods to address bias in observational studies;
  • Identify effect modification (interaction) and how to present this in results; and
  • Gain experience in interpreting data and critiquing results from observational studies.

Epidemiologic Methods (EPI 203), or equivalent, and Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research I (BIOSTAT 200), or equivalent experience, are required. Experience with the Stata software program is also required.


Course Director:

June Chan, ScD
Phone: 415-415-4923
email: june.chan@ucsf.edu

Teaching Assistant: Monica Ospina Romero, MD
email: monica.ospinaromero@ucsf.edu
Francois Rerolle, MS
email: Francois.Rerolle@ucsf.edu


Each week, new material is introduced via a live or pre­recorded lecture and required readings. Homework, in the form of a problem set, is assigned each week and is due generally one week after the lecture, at which time it will be discussed with course faculty and teaching assistants in a small group discussion section.

There will be 4 live and 3 pre-recorded lectures; live lectures are also recorded in real-time, and made available the same day, after class. The first live lecture will be an introduction by the course director, and the other three will be guest lecturers. There will be six small group sessions and participation in small groups will be critical for group learning and reviewing the homework assignments. Therefore, attendance is highly encouraged.

All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.


Modern Epidemiology by K. Rothman, S. Greenland, and K. Last. Wolters Kluwer. 3rd edition. 2012. UCSF users can access an electronic version of the book at UCSF library.

Causal Inference by M. Hernán and J. Robins. Chapman & Hall/CRC. Forthcoming.

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g., Amazon.com). All textbooks have been placed on the Course Reserves section of the Mission Bay library. Check availability here: http://ucsfcat.library.ucsf.edu/search/?searchtype=r&searcharg=Epi+207


Student grades will be assigned as follows:

  • 7 Homework assignments (70%; we drop the lowest score)
  • Final Exam (30%)

Students not in full-year TICR Programs who satisfactorily pass all course requirements will, upon request, receive a Certificate of Course Completion.

UCSF Graduate Division Policy on Disabilities


This course is sponsored by the Training in Clinical Research (TICR) Program, and space is limited. Preference is given to UCSF-affiliated personnel. We regret that auditing is not permitted.

To apply for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Please see our fees page for cost information. The deadline for application is December 21, 2018. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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