This course will introduce epidemiologic concepts and methods using cases studies examining current global health challenges. Students will gain an understanding of the role of epidemiology in understanding the distribution of disease and risk factors, and developing, implementing and evaluating public health interventions globally.
Principles of epidemiology with examples of selected health problems. Health status of populations and conceptual tools for translating epidemiologic findings into public health action. May not be used as part of a degree program in epidemiology or biostatistics.
Conceptual foundation of epidemiologic research, quantitative methods, and epidemiologic study design. Intended for those who will be involved in epidemiologic research.
The ethical dimensions of decision making in health care delivery, administration and epidemiologic research. Provides ethical foundations for discussion of topics in health-related research and practice.
Cross-listed course: HSPM 707
Theoretical and practical aspects of epidemiologic research methods.
The purpose of this course is to develop applied research skills related to the development of appropriate data collection protocols for a given public health issue and context.
This course will familiarize students with techniques used to critically assess, interpret, evaluate, and synthesize epidemiologic literature. Students will be introduced to research databases, reference management software, reporting guidelines, and methods for systematic reviews. Students will learn how to effectively communicate research finding via manuscript and oral or poster format.
Survey of the biology of human disease processes at cellular, tissue and body system levels: application of biological principles to contemporary public health problems.
Application of epidemiologic methods to current health problems through analysis of secondary data. Strategies for investigating etiologic hypotheses, assessment and control of confounding.
The study of selected disease or health conditions illustrative of the interaction between host/agent/environment and the factors involved; and the application of epidemiologic methods to the investigation of such events. Two lecture and three laboratory hours per week.
Specialization in the identification of potential or existing health hazards in institutional settings of the health care system; and includes instruction in the application of scientific knowledge to the daily routines in the implementation of appropriate control behaviors. Two lecture and three laboratory hours per week.
Analysis of current and prospective issues in epidemiology, including historical foundations. Includes student exploration and critical consideration of current research and unsolved problems in epidemiology.
Epidemiology of selected cancers in humans, including etiology, pathophysiology, identification and description of events of cancer and outcomes.
Emphasis is on the use of epidemiologic methods and principles in the selection, design, and implementation of evaluation strategies in preventive and personal health service practice areas. Current models and strategies of evaluation appropriate to public health practice will be analyzed and compared. The student is expected to develop and implement an evaluation design. Two lecture and three laboratory hours per week.
A study of the epidemiology of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and its various implications and issues with emphasis on its prevention and control.
Critical analysis of current scientific literature on various aspects and issues on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Principles and factors in emerging infectious diseases with emphasis on epidemiology, pathobiology, prevention, and control.
Principles and application of basic and intermediate-level GIS technologies in public health practice and research.
Influence of social factors and the distribution of those factors on patterns of health and disease. Including individual-level examinations of the role of social determinants in producing health, as well as more macro-level examinations of patterns of social disparities in health status.
An introduction to genetic and epigenetic epidemiology and application of epidemiological tools, including statistical analyses, to the study of the genome and the epigenome in human populations.
Introduction to data sources and methods commonly used by epidemiologists and health analysts in state or federal health departments and research settings. Methods include data management and analysis using SAS, data interpretation, survey designs, and innovative record linkages. Instructor reserves the right to waive course requirements.
Directed research on a topic to be developed by M.P.H. or M.S.P.H. student and instructor. May be repeated.
Content varies by title. Course may be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours.
Demonstrate synthesis of MPH foundational and concentration competencies to address a public health issue in the form of a high-quality written product.
Advanced epidemiologic methods in the design of epidemiologic studies, with emphasis on causal inference. Theories and frameworks of causation and interactions between causes and graphical visualization tools.
Extension of research design and development issues with focus on grant writing.
Extension of research design and development issues with focus on writing a major research grant application.
Seminar presentation and group discussion on the major issues in the study of physical activity and exercise and their impact on health.
Exploration in depth of theories, current health problems, research, and methodological issues in the epidemiology of aging.
Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, with a focus on evidence synthesis through systematic reviews.
May be repeated for credit.
Advanced methods encompassing the investigation of environmental factors and how they affect human health. Emphasis on reading and interpreting the peer reviewed scientific literature and developing a systematic literature review and grant proposal.
This course provides an overview of reproductive and perinatal epidemiology and the applications in the field of Maternal and Child Health. It covers the current and emerging topics in this area. Designed for doctoral students with interests in conducting research related to reproductive and perinatal epidemiology.
Principles and application of basic and intermediate-level GIS technologies in public health research. Designed for doctoral students with interest in conducting health-related research using GIS methods.
Clinical Effectiveness is a broad term that includes clinical trials and interventional study designs. The purpose of this course is to develop skills in the application of epidemiologic methods to clinical effectiveness research, by conceptualizing and designing an intervention study. Students will actively participate in teaching and learning through in-class activities and developing a protocol to test an intervention in a clinical trial design.
Advanced Methods and Concepts in Nutrition Research addresses aspects of nutrition ranging from nutritional biochemistry to dietetics and community nutrition education. It covers disciplinary breadth encompassing the study of effects of dietary exposures on inflammation, epigenetics, immune function, psychological states and traits, physiologic states, and pathophysiologic processes, including carcinogenesis.
Directed research on a topic to be developed by doctoral student and instructor. May be repeated.
Variable credit doctoral level epidemiology course (1-3). The specific epidemiologic topic to be taught is determined by the course instructor in consultation with the department.
Prerequisite: one full year (18 hrs) of graduate study beyond the master’s level.