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Natural Science
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Hampshire College
NS 248 is an introduction to the principles and practice of epidemiology and the use of data in program planning and policy development. The course covers the major concepts usually found in a graduate-level introductory course in epidemiology: outbreak investigations, study design, measures of effect, internal and external validity, reliability, and causal inference. Assigned readings are drawn from a standard textbook and the primary literature. In addition, students read case studies and work step-by-step through major epidemiologic investigations of the past century; they also form small groups to design and conduct a small epidemiologic study on campus. The major assignments are four case studies, regular response papers/worksheets on the readings, a critique of a primary paper, a poster presentation of the on-campus study, and a proposal for an epidemiologic study of their own design.
Independent Work Quantitative Skills Writing and Research In this course students are generally expected to spend at least 6 to 8 hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Elizabeth Conlisk eacNS@hampshire.edu 10:30AM-11:50AM TU;10:30AM-11:50AM TH Cole Science Center 316;Cole Science Center 316