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12.08.2019 To 16.08.2019

Advanced Epidemiologic Methods: Rethinking Basic Epidemiologic Concepts

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Intensive Short Course

The intent of this intensive short course is to strenghten the methodological skills of the research community.

At the end of the week participants should be able to:

  • Use the sufficient cause model, counterfactual susceptibility type model, and a causal graph to assist with the design or analysis of an epidemiologic study
  • Calculate adjusted measures of effect and select those that, when collapsible, correspond to the no-confounding condition. Use the adjusted measures of effet to estimate the direction and magnitude of confounding
  • Distinguish effect measure modification, interdependence and statistical interaction from one another as separate - but related - concepts of interaction
  • Identify the likely magnitude and direction of bias due to misclassification of exposure, outcomes, confounders and modifiers
  • Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of significance testing
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of fequentist and 'Bayesian approaches to analysis of a single study, to evidence, and to changing your mind.

Matthew Fox, DSc, MPH, is a Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Epidemiology at Boston University. Dr. Fox joined Boston University in 2001. Before that time he was a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan. His research interests include treatment outcomes in HIV-treatment programs, infectious disease epidemiology (with specific interests in HIV and pneumonia), and epidemiologic methods. Dr. Fox works on ways to improve retention in HIV-care programs in South Africa from the time of testing HIV-positive through long-term treatment. As part of this work, he is involved in analyses of whether treating patients at higher CD4 counts leads to improved long-term retention and treatment outcomes. Dr. Fox also does research on quantitative sensitivity analysis and recently co-authored a book on these methods, Applying Quantitative Bias Analysis to Epidemiologic Data.
He currently teaches a thrid-level epidemiologic methods class, Advances Epidemiology as well as two other doctoral level epidemiologic courses. Dr. Fox is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health with a master's degree in epidemiology and biostatistics and a doctorate in epidemiology.

Course Information

  • Course language: English
  • ECTS points: 3
  • Course Fee: 510€ for students, 750€ for other participants

Organizational and administrative matters


Prof. Matthew Fox, Departments of Global Health and Epidemiology at Boston University

Event organizer

Berlin School of Public Health


August 12th to Aug. 16th, 2019


Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Forum 3



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