DIMACS Summer School Tutorial: Introduction to Epidemiological Studies

August 26-30, 2002
DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University


David Ozonoff, Boston University, School of Public Health, dozonoff@bu.edu
Daniel Wartenberg, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, wartenbe@umdnj.edu

Presented under the auspices of the Special Year on Special Focus on Computational and Mathematical Epidemiology.

Co-sponsored by DIMACS and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

This is part of a two-part tutorial. For information about the complementary tutorial on The Foundations of Molecular Genetics for Non-Biologists, click here.

Tutorial Program

Tutorial I
9:00am - 12:00 noon

Introduction to Epidemiological Studies

Professors Ozonoff and Wartenberg


Mon., Aug. 26 Exercise: How epidemiologists think about a problem (scenario, data and steps to analysis) Attend Tutorial on The Foundations of Molecular Genetics for Non-Biologists, engage in "enrichment activities" (web-based and other exercises) or take the afternoon off. Computer Lab or office space will be provided.

Tues., Aug. 27 The language of epidemiology; Descriptive epidemiology and rates, ratios and proportions Same as previous day
Wed., Aug. 28 Analytic epidemiology; Inferring causation; strategies of analysis Same as previous day
Thu., Aug. 29 Where does statistics fit in? Other kinds of mathematics that might be of use (ordinary and partial differential equations; cellular automata; spatial statistics; lattice theory; network theory) Same as previous day
Fri., Aug. 30 Reprise: How epidemiologists think about a problem: ways that mathematicians can help (including a guided brainstorming session from the participants, with commentary by the tutorial leaders) Same as previous day

Breakfast will be 8:30 am to 9:00 am.
Lunch break will be 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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