CEBC Glossary

Cohort Study

A type of study where 'cohort' (a group of people) is clearly identified, This cohort is followed over time, and what happens to them is reported. A cohort study is an observational study, and it can be prospective (following people forward over time) or retrospective (looking at what happened in the past). For example, a cohort study of 4th graders could follow them forward as they age, or look back at their previous health and school histories.