PHA 6891 Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology


This course will introduce students to basic epidemiology principles with a particular focus on how they are applied to pharmaceuticals. The course will provide a basic understanding of causation, measures of disease occurrence and causal effect, types of epidemiology studies, biases in study design, data analysis (including methods to control confounding), and use of epidemiology in clinical settings.

Upon completion of this course, the students will:

  1. Understand the concepts of epidemiologic thinking and causation.
  2. Understand common measures of disease frequency and measures of effect.
  3. Describe the main types of epidemiologic studies.
  4. Understand the concepts of both bias and random error along with ways to control or assess their impact.
  5. Describe clinical trials and observational pharmacoepidemiologic studies.
  6. Understand data analysis including methods to control for confounding.
  7. Understand the concepts of biologic interaction and the use of regression models.

Tuition: $2,250
Credits: 3

*Please note that this syllabus is subject to change. Use the updated syllabus in Canvas as the official course syllabus.