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IPHAM Seminar Series—The Role of Intuition in Epidemiology

When: Thursday, March 28, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Baldwin auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: IPHAM  

Group: Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)

Category: Lectures & Meetings


**This seminar is offered as a HYBRID event: join us IN-PERSON or ONLINE. Please RSVP regardless and indicate your intended mode. The in-person event will be held in Baldwin Auditorium of the Lurie Medical Research Building at 303 E. Superior; Chicago. Lunch will be provided for in person attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.**

Intuition is a necessary part of everyday life, without which we could not make it through a day. Epidemiologists are taught to rely on science, reason, and facts in their work and yet, it is likely that we use intuition all the time. We use it when we make decisions about interpreting the results of studies, about the impact of sources of bias, in the decisions we make in our own research, in our teaching and in our communication with other scientists and the general public. Yet it isn’t clear when this approach is useful and when it causes harm. This talk will focus on the role of intuition in epidemiology with examples of cases where we rely on it too much and cases where we don’t use it enough.

Matthew Fox, DSc, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health
School of Public Health
Boston University

This webinar hosted by the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at Northwestern University. For more public health news, events, and announcements, visit the IPHAM website:

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