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Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees: The Dangers of “Holding All Else Equal”
May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Department of Epidemiology Seminar Series
Whitney R. Robinson, PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Fellow, Carolina Population Center
Member, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
This talk is an expansion of one that Dr. Robinson recorded for an upcoming SER 2021 symposium. That symposium is titled, “What has the pandemic revealed about the shortcomings of modern epidemiology? What can we fix or do better?” In that talk and here, she discusses two shortcomings she perceives in academic epidemiology’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. One is an overreliance on conditional statistics and the other is workforce that is too homogenous with respect to the diversity of the US population.