|Pharmacoepidemiology - Learning Objectives and Courses|
Pharmacoepidemiology is the application of the epidemiologic knowledge, methodology, and reasoning to the study of the use and the beneficial and harmful effects of drugs (biologics, medical devices) in human populations. Pharmacoepidemiology covers both the descriptive epidemiology (use) and the analytic epidemiology (effects on outcomes). Largely defined by the exposure (drugs), pharmacoepidemiology overlaps with many substantive areas of epidemiology mainly defined by disease-outcomes (e.g., cardiovascular, cancer, infectious diseases, reproductive). The Pharmacoepidemiology Program provides students with training to conduct high-quality epidemiologic research that directly addresses both methodologic and substantive questions in the study of drugs in populations.
Learning ObjectivesPharmacoepidemiology students with training at the doctoral level will have:
Courses:Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology (EPID 765) is the foundation course for pharmacoepidemiology students. It is taught by Til Stürmer and Alan Brookhart every other year (odd years) in the spring semester and has an introductory epidemiology and biostatistics course as prerequisites (EPID 600 and BIOS 600 or equivalents). This course provides an introduction to the application of epidemiological methods and reasoning to the study of the effects of drugs in populations. Main topics include: methodologic issues in observational studies of drugs and vaccines, the use of epidemiology for safety monitoring and risk management, adherence issues in pharmacoepidemiology studies, and information resources for pharmacoepidemiology studies. This course uses the Textbook of Pharmacoepidemiology (Strom and Kimmel, 2007) as a resource.
Epidemiologic Research with Healthcare Databases (EPID 690.005) is the second core course within the pharmacoepidemiology program. It is taught by Alan Brookhart and Til Stürmer in parallel to EPID 765 in the spring semester every other year (odd years). The course will provide the students with the tools necessary to design epidemiologic studies within automated databases.
Advanced Pharmacoepidemiogic Methods (EPID 690.XXX) will be taught jointly by Alan Brookhart and Til Stürmer in the spring semester every other year (even years) starting in spring 2012. Prerequisites are the full epidemiology methods sequence, including, potentially in parallel, Analysis of Longitudinal Data usually taken by students in the 4th semester (spring semester) and the introductory pharmacoepidemiology course (EPID 765, see above). This course will cover state-of-the art pharmacoepidemiologic and nonexperimental Comparative Effectiveness Research methods both in theory and in practice (implementation).
In addition to the coursework available, pharmacoepidemiology faculty and students meet every week in the pharmacoepidemiology seminar (EPID 893) to discuss recent pharmacoepidemiology methods and share current research projects. UNC also has an active student chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) and helps to coordinate the annual Harry Guess Memorial Lecture in Pharmacoepidemiology.
|Last updated April 11, 2013|