Confounding Bias

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This issue of the ERIC Notebook gives an introduction to confounding bias. It includes examples and practice questions.
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Learning Objectives
1. Define confounding
2. Describe the conditions that are necessary for a variable to be considered a potential confounder
3. Explain the criteria that each potential confounder has to meet before they can be considered confounders
4. Explain the effects of confounding in different study designs
Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)
1B9. Analyzes quantitative and qualitative data
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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