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 EPI 262

EPI 262 Winter 2018 (2 units)

& Biostatistics


The typical goals of pharmacoepidemiology are to define the scope and magnitude of pharmaceutical need for a given health condition in a given population; use observational research methods to evaluate drug efficacy or effectiveness; and understand the incidence and determinents of adverse drug effects (drug safety). This course will provide training in the specialized aspects of study design, measurement, analysis, and data sources that will enable students to conduct scientifically valid pharmacoepidemiologic studies. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and apply key epidemiologic study designs for pharmacoepidemiologic research;
  • Understand the measurement of drug exposure, disease outcome and adverse events;
  • Become familar with advanced pharamcoepidemiologic analytical methods such as propensity scores, marginal structural models, and instrumental variables;
  • Identify key data sources used in pharmacoepidemiology; and
  • Descibe ethical issues in the conduct of pharmacoepidemiologic research.

None. Background in epidemiologic methods and study design as well as basic statistical coursework is suggested, but not mandatory. This course is intended for graduate students in epidemiology and pharmacology and other clinical researchers who may be involved with drug development and drug safety research.


Course Director:

Michael Kelsh, PhD, MA, MPH
email: mkelsh@amgen.com


Course content will be delivered through weekly interactive lectures. These will take place on Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Jan. 11 to Mar. 15.

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


Textbook of Pharamcoepidemiology by BL Strom, SE Kimmel, S Hennessy  (eds). Wiley Blackwell. 2nd edition. 2012.

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g., Amazon.com).


Grading is based on the following distribution:

  • Midterm quiz (30%)
  • Final quiz (30%)
  • Final paper (40%)

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To apply for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Course fees are covered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and hence there is no charge for the course. The deadline for application is December 22, 2017. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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