WRM 607

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WRM 607     Quantitative Research Methods

Introduction to epidemiology: Definition, Basic concepts, The process of epidemiologic reasoning, The role of epidemiology in biomedical sciences, Applications of epidemiology; Demographic indices; Measures of disease occurrence and disease effects: disease frequencies, Numerators and denominators, Transmission, Importance of reporting periods, Modes of Transmission; Determinants of disease outbreak, Incubation period, Attack rate; Screening and diagnostic tests: The Accuracy of a test result, Sensitivity and Specificity, Establishing Sensitivity and Specificity, Predictive Value, Likelihood Ratios, Multiple tests; Measures of disease association: Definition of risk, Definition of odds, Measure of effect, Presentation of exposure/disease data, Interpretation of measures of association, Characteristics of measures of association, Measures of population impact; Errors in measurement: validity, bias, confounding, random error; Types of sampling: random, non random; Epidemiological study designs: Observational studies, Experimental studies; Geographic information systems (GIS)