i don’t understand how this is a good way to go about identifying causation. isn’t the assumption of panmixia, or that breeding choice is independent of genotype, questionable? also, i was just reading a study that used mendelian analysis to asses whether cognitive function is causally related to habitual caffeine usage, then looked up the genes used for a genetic score, only to find that those genes are only associated with caffeine intake. am i completely stupid and missing something or does mendelian randomization actually have its issues? thank u!!
Hey everyone. I've decided that I want to pursue a career in epidemiology. I've been flirting with the idea for some time now but I think it's best to just fully commit and see it through. Given my circumstances (specifically my low gpa 🙁), I need advice on what to do next before I apply to grad school, if I even can...
My background: I am 24 years old. I graduated back in Fall 2018 with a 2.98 cumulative gpa (3.08 institutional gpa) and a Bachelors of Science in General Biology. I know that sounds bad but this was mostly due to my freshman/sophomore years where I had no direction and didn't take college seriously. I performed a lot better once I started my major classes. I believe I have wisened up over the years so I won't make that same mistake in grad school.
I plan on applying to schools next year for the fall 2020 semester and I wanted to know what I should be doing in the meantime. Are there any resources that could help guide me in the right direction? Should I volunteer? Is it possible to shadow an epidemiologist? I live near Atlanta which is home to the CDC so I'm in a perfect location to gain experience but I'm just stuck on what to do next. Any tips?
I'm working from a third party dataset that was collected by a marketing agency and I need to request some details from them about their survey methodology. I was wondering if anyone had a list of items or a set of reporting guidelines that would help me to ask the right questions to get at the methodology used. (Maybe even just an exemplary paragraph from anything similar.)
I'm in contact with a marketing representative currently and we seem to be speaking a different language to some degree, which is why I need to nail down the methodology part. I've arranged a meeting with their research staff which should hopefully get us all on the same page, but I'd like to be a prepared as possible so that I don't have to go back for more clarification at a later date.
I am a current biochemistry undergraduate and I have done some research into epidemiology and it seems like an interesting career path. I would love to get some work experience to see what it is actually like and if it’s a right fit for me. Does anyone have any advice how I can go about this in the UK? I’m finding it difficult to find anything specifically related to epidemiology. Also how did you get into epi? I can’t really see a clear career path.