A Local Health Department’s Epidemiologic Consultation Process – 9/4/2014

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Speakers: Sharon K. Greene, PhD, MPH

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Description: The Bureau of Communicable Disease at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene uses an in-house consultation process to help ensure the scientific validity and statistical accuracy of the bureau’s epidemiologic investigations and research projects. A doctoral-level epidemiologist orients new staff, fellows, and students to agency resources and guidelines; iteratively reviews proposals for new epidemiology studies and analyses prior to implementation; edits abstracts and manuscripts prior to submission to agency clearance; and answers ad hoc questions on study design and analysis techniques. Using examples to illustrate issues that have arisen during actual consultations, this session will demonstrate that designated epidemiologic consultants can support workforce development and help to ensure that recommendations for public health action are based on high-quality science.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify common methodological problems in applied epidemiology studies.
  2. Locate resources for sample size and power calculations, data communication guidelines, and writing conventions.
  3. Develop an epidemiologic consultation process for one’s own health department.

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