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History of Epidemiologic Ideas [ESP53]
Monday to Friday (5 mornings)
Prof. Alfredo Morabia
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL
Understanding of epidemiologic methods helps, but the course does not cover statistics.
Online, download instructions will be sent in August by e-mail.
A laptop is required.
1) A History of Epidemiologic Methods and Concepts http://www.amazon.com/A-History-Epidemiologic-Methods-Concepts/dp/3764368187
• ISBN-10: 3764368187
• ISBN-13: 978-3764368180
2) Santé : distinguer croyances et connaissance, http://www.amazon.fr/Santé-distinguer-connaissance-Alfredo-Morabia/dp/2738126286
• ISBN-10: 2738126286
• ISBN-13: 978-2738126283
Required textbook: A Morabia. Enigmas of Health and Disease. Columbia University Press, 2014, http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-16884-7/enigmas-of-health-and-disease
Detailed information about this course:
Faculty: Prof. Alfredo Morabia, MD PhD
This is a methodology course, which focuses on the historical evolution of methods (e.g., study designs) and concepts (e.g., confounding, bias, interaction and causal inference) that constitute today’s epidemiology. For each topic, we review and discuss the historical contexts and some landmark studies that led to specific innovations in terms of performance of group comparisons, population thinking and framing of hypotheses. We finally discuss the historical conditions for the emergence of epidemiology as a scientific discipline, the phases it went through and its potential, future developments.
To understand how epidemiologic methods have evolved across times and why they will continue to evolve.
Having an interest in epidemiologic methods and/or in history. Traditionally, students in a doctoral epidemiology program benefit the most from the course.