Cross Sectional Studies

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Course Description
This issue of the ERIC Notebook gives an introduction to cross sectional studies. It includes examples and practice questions.
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Learning Objectives
1. Identify differences and similarities between cross-sectional and cohort studies
2. Identify the uses of cross-sectional studies and describe how they are conducted
3. Define and calculate the Prevalence Odds Ratio (POR) and Prevalence Ratio (PR)
4. Describe how one measure (POR vs. PR) might be better than another in a given situation
5. Discuss the limitations of cross sectional studies
Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)
1A10. Uses quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytical/Assessment Skills)
6A3. Describes how public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) are used in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services (6: Public Health Science Skills)
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40 Minutes
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