Plenary Session: Innovations in Epidemiologic Methods: Epidemiologic Theory and Causation

Wednesday, 20 August 2014: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Ballroom A/B (Dena'ina Center)

This session explores recent developments in epidemiologic theory, and in our understanding of the role of theory in epidemiology. This includes discussion the importance of theory in determining the scope of epidemiology, whether epidemiology is defined by a set of methods or whether these are just a means to an end, which questions get asked and how this is decided, and also the role of theory in terms of the methods by which we attempt to answer epidemiologic questions.

Neil Pearce, PhD and John Vena
1:30 PM
Contesting causes & advancing health equity an ecosocial analysis
Nancy Krieger, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health
2:00 PM
2:30 PM
Causal inference is necessary but insufficient for causal inference
Jan P Vandenbroucke, PhD, Leiden University Medical Center
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