Epidemiology Courses

EPID299: Independent Research for Undergraduates

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Students do an independent microbiology research project under the supervision of afaculty member in the Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology program.
  • Learning Objectives: Students learn both specific laboratory techniques and in general how to carryout independent research.

EPID399: Independent Research for Undergraduates

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr. and at least Junior status
  • Description: Students do an independent microbiology research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology program.

EPID460: Introduction to Bacterial Pathogenesis

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s):
  • Prerequisites: Introductory Microbiology and Genetics or Perm. Instr.
  • Description: This course covers the basics of the biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics of chemotaxis and flagella, pili and adhesins, extracellular proteases, bacterial toxins, invasion and intracellular growth, phase and antigenic variation, gene transfer, LPS, iron, M-proteins, capsules, chemotherapy, antibiotic resistance and global regulation of virulence elements.
  • Syllabus for EPID460

EPID504: Polymicrobial Communities Laboratory

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Rickard, Alex (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2017
  • Prerequisites: Permission of the Instructor
  • Description: This laboratory course provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with approaches and techniques to studying microbial diversity. Techniques to describe microbial diversity at the structural, behavioral, and ecosystem level will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on approaches to understand diversity within the human microbiome and environmental systems as well as the interactions between them.
  • Learning Objectives: Three learning objectives include: (1) Learn and perform laboratory techniques to describe microbial diversity as well approaches to analyze the results of experiments. (2) Realize the impact microbes on the environment as well as on the human microbiome and understand how these communities may interact with one-another. (3) Participate in a scientifically-based class debates and contribute towards the formulation of laboratory experiments.
  • This course is cross-listed with Pilot course so not yet cross-listed but upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students from other departments will be considered. in the Pilot course so not yet cross-listed but upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students from other departments will be considered. department.
Concentration Competencies that EPID504 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology MPH Demonstrate sterile technique and an understanding of fundamental lab safety measures EPID504

EPID505: Polymicrobial Communities in Human Health and Disease

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Rickard, Alex (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2014
  • Not offered 2020-2021
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: Regions of focus for the study of the human microbiome (image taken from http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/hmp/ ) This course provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with the concept that humans contain more than just an organized assemblage of mammalian cells. In addition to our human cells, there are numerous microbial inhabitants- many are bacteria. Indeed, on a per-cell basis, these bacteria outnumber human cells by at least an order of magnitude. How resident bacteria interact with one another and with transient (often pathogenic) bacterial species is important to understand because these interactions can promote health or potentially aid the transition towards disease. One such example of these interactive polymicrobial communities can be found in dental plaque, where 400 species of bacteria can cohabitate, and their physical and chemical interactions play a role in the colonization of pathogenic species. In this case, disease can be manifested as periodontitis. Other examples of microbial communities of the body that will be studied in this course include skin/wounds, the upper-respiratory tract, the gut and the urogenital tract. Overall, this course will describe the microbial ecology of the human body and driving forces promoting the transition from those communities associated with health to disease-causing communities. Special emphasis will be given to cutting-edge laboratory techniques when exploring the microbial ecology of the human body. This course will culminate with a broad overview of the current understanding of the human microbiome and potential associated social ramifications of future research.
  • Learning Objectives: Four learning objectives include: (1) Learn about the complexity of the human microbiome and techniques that are available to study the ecology of human-associated microbial communities. (2) Realize the impact of the microbial inhabitants of humans on health and disease and be able to describe microbial factors that promote the transition towards diseased states. (3) Participate in a scientifically-founded class debate: Addressing the legal, ethical and social ramifications raised by research into the human microbiome. (4) Understand cutting-edge research and review articles discussing results of investigations of the human microbiome. Furthermore, each student will use these articles to develop a paper which outlines a plan to study the ecology of host-associated microbial communities in health and/or disease.

EPID506: Health of Nations: Introduction to International Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Lee, Gwenyth (Residential);
  • Offered every year
  • Last offered Fall 2017
  • Prerequisites: Grad Status
  • Description: This course presents an overview of mortality and disease occurrence in terms of geographic, cultural, nutritional and environmental factors. Reviews health indicators such as infant mortality and economic factors associated with development. Discusses health problems of developing countries and describes programs and organizations involved in addressing them. This course is required for students in the International Health track in Epidemiology but can also be taken by non International Health students.
  • Syllabus for EPID506
Concentration Competencies that EPID506 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Global Health Epidemiology MPH Explain the history and key initiatives of global health, how health and development strategies interact, and the role of cross-sector organizations in global health governance and practice EPID506
EPID Global Health Epidemiology MPH Utilize health data from low- and middle-income countries to assess the global burden of disease, associated risk factors and health trends, and scope and limitations of available data EPID506
EPID Global Health Epidemiology MPH Apply the steps in developing research infrastructure for population health studies in low- and middle-income countries, including consideration of local ethics and IRB review EPID506, EPID664
EPID Global Health Epidemiology MPH Demonstrate contextual expertise in at least one country/region including knowledge of the structure of health systems and the public health infrastructure, as well as major public health intervention programs EPID665, EPID506

EPID507: Microbial Control: Sterilization, Disinfection and Manipulation

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Rickard, Alex (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2017
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Introductory classes in microbiology and biochemistry - contact instructor if in doubt
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: The influence of microorganisms on human-health is significant and control strategies often rely on the use of physical (heat, UV, etc) and chemical (antimicrobial, antibiofilm, etc) technologies. This course will focus on such endeavors with particular focus on broad acting antimicrobials (less emphasis on antibiotics) and new/remerging microbial control technologies.

EPID511: Introduction to Public Health Genetics

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Zhao, Wei (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2017
  • Prerequisites: Grad status or perm instructor
  • Description: This course is designed for those interested in a basic understanding of human genetics who have had only a very limited exposure to biologic sciences. This course will cover the basics of genetics at both the molecular and population level. In addition to the basic science, some ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics research will be examined. Examples relevant to public health will be emphasized.
  • This course is cross-listed with in the PUBHLTH 311 department.
  • Syllabus for EPID511

EPID512: Biologic Basis of Disease

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Bakulski, Kelly (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2017
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course will examine the major pathological processes of interest to practitioners of Public Health. Specifically, the physiological mechanisms of disease will be examined with a view to understanding the cellular, biochemical and molecular processes that underlie diseases of major public health impact.

EPID513: Vaccine in Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Yang, Zhenhua (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2018
  • Prerequisites: PUBHLTH370 or EPID512
  • Description: This course introduces essential vaccinology, covering pre-clinical vaccine development, clinical trials, new vaccine licensing, immunization program design and evaluation. It also introduces population transmission dynamics concepts, and the impact of pathogen and human population diversity on vaccination. Recent advancements in major types of non-infectious vaccines will also be discussed.
  • This course is cross-listed with PUBHLTH413 in the PUBHLTH413 department.

EPID514: Social Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Needham, Belinda (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: EPID 503 (or equiv), Biostat 503 (or equiv)
  • Description: Considers the uses of epidemiology with emphasis on the social determinants of chronic diseases and premature mortality. Theoretical as well as methodological issues in conducting social epidemiology research are emphasized. Designed for graduate students who have prior familiarity with the basic principles and methods of epidemiologic research.

EPID515: Genetics in Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Smith, Jennifer (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2017
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course is designed for students with biology or genetics background, that are interested in understanding genetics in public health. This course will provide an in depth examination of genetics in public health including newborn screening diseases and practices, fundamentals of population genetics, and the genetics of common chronic diseases.

EPID516: Genomics in Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Smith, Jennifer (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: Epid 503 or equivalent; Epid 515 or equivalent; Biostat 503 or equivalent
  • Description: This course relates genomics to the core public health discipline of epidemiology emphasizing the use of genomics to help describe disease frequency and distribution and to gain insights into biological etiologies. Topics include genetic material in disease, in families and in populations; the investigation of multifactorial traits; model-based linkage analysis; model-free linkage analysis; segregation analysis; allele association and linkage disequilibrium; and gene-gene interactions and gene-environment interactions. Issues related to implementing studies are considered.

EPID525: Clinical and Diagnostic Microbiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Newton, Duane (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2017
  • Prerequisites: At least 1 prior microbiology course or permission of the instructor
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course describes methods used by clinical and public health microbiologists to detect clinically relevant microorganisms in patient specimens, and how this information is used in patient management. Students will gain an understanding of processes by which microbiology data is generated and its relevance to clinicians and epidemiologists.

EPID530: Scientific Communication for Epidemiologists

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): August, Ella (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2017
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: Students will learn the structure, conventions, and styles associated with selected communication formats, appropriate for scientific discourse in public health. During the course, students will produce a scientific poster with a "conference-style" abstract, develop and present an oral presentation and explore one practice-oriented writing format in depth.

EPID531: Epidemiology Capstone Writing Course

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): August, Ella (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course supports Epidemiology MPH students' capstone development. Students will perform pre-writing activities to help them structure and organize their capstone, will engage in structured peer review with classmates and will have a chance to reflect on and revise their work throughout the semester.
  • Learning Objectives: 1) write capstone in the format of a journal-style scientific article 2) understand how to tailor scientific article (aka capstone) to a specific audience (in this case readers of the student's target journal) 3) be able to develop effective written and oral arguments in a scientific journal article 4) get practice using conventions specific to academic writing and even more specifically those associated with the student's area of research 5) further develop writing process through reflection, discussion and trying new approaches 6) provide constructive feedback to peers on their writing 7) revise writing based on feedback from peers, advisor and instructor 8) explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
Concentration Competencies that EPID531 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology MPH Communicate environmental or occupational epidemiological findings in writing using standards of peer-reviewed journals, including descriptions of design, results, and interpretation EPID531

EPID543: Epidemiology of Viral Diseases

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Martin, Emily (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2018
  • Not offered 2020-2021
  • Prerequisites: Graduate Standing or BIO 207 & BIO 305
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: The nature of viruses including replication, transmission, pathogenesis, pathology, antigenic relationships and preventive measures
  • Syllabus for EPID543

EPID560: Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s):
  • Offered every year
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: Grad Status and Intro Microbiology and Biochemistry or Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Microbial structures and their relation to basic mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis; structure, function, and genetics of bacterial toxins; and host resistance and immunity. Discussions of pathogenic organisms of major public health importance, diseases caused, and their epidemiology.
  • Syllabus for EPID560

EPID565: Research in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-6 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Offered every year
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Investigation of a selected problem planned and carried out by each student. Pertinent literature, investigational approaches, and progress in the investigations are discussed in seminars. May be taken more than once for up to six credits. Usually taken first for one credit. This is the Capstone Course for Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology Students.

EPID582: Molecular Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Foxman, Betsy (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2019
  • Prerequisites: EPID 503 or EPID 600
  • Description: The rapid development in molecular techniques since the early 1980's has enhanced the ability of epidemiologists to define and measure both exposures and outcomes. In this course, we will explore the impact of these measures on the design, conduct and analysis of epidemiologic studies by examining successful and unsuccessful applications of these new measurement tools. We will also discuss the ethical issues arising from an enhanced ability to identify individuals with early stage of disease, increased susceptibility or to measure very low levels of exposure in the environment, and sensitize students to the potential conflicts in research ethics arising from collaborative research projects.
Concentration Competencies that EPID582 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology MPH Evaluate the use of different molecular tools in an outbreak investigation EPID582
EPID Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology MPH Appropriately interpret the results of a molecular measure used in an epidemiologic study EPID582

EPID590: Epidemiological Methods

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Adar, Sara (Online MPH); Adar, Sara (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501, PUBHLTH 512
  • Description: In this course, we will teach how epidemiologists study the frequency, patterns, and determinants of health in different populations. Students can expect to learn: -The terminology, principles, and methods of population-based epidemiologic research. -How to critically appraise epidemiological research. The course will be divided into the following three sections: -Section 1 will serve as an introduction as to the way in which epidemiologists measure and describe trends in morbidity and mortality as well as the risk factors for these endpoints. In this section we ask: What are the trends? Do they differ by time or place? Where do we get the data to study these trends and how do we know if our information is any good? -In Section 2, students will learn how epidemiologists conduct studies to try to understand causality. Here we address the following questions: What is causality? How do we design studies to determine if something increases or reduces the risk of morbidity or mortality? What are the measures that we use to characterize associations and how certain we are in those estimates? -Section 3 teaches students to identify situations in which the data that we collect in epidemiological studies can mislead us and lead us to reach the wrong conclusions. Students will learn different types of problems that can bias our conclusions and will develop instincts as to the directionality and magnitude of these biases.
  • Learning Objectives: -Calculate and interpret measures of event frequency to describe population patterns of health-related risk factors and health-related outcomes in terms of person, place, and time. -Identify an unusual occurrence of disease or illness (e.g., an outbreak or disease cluster). -Recognize the characteristics that help to define causality. -Describe the characteristics of different study designs. -Choose an appropriate study design for a research question. -Calculate and interpret measures of association between risk factors and outcomes. -Compare the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs to assess causality. -Identify sources of bias that can influence epidemiological findings. -Predict directionality of known biases. -Understand basic tools of causal inference in epidemiology. -Critically appraise and analyze the weight of evidence for causal associations.
Concentration Competencies that EPID590 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501

EPID591: Social Epidemiology: From Frameworks to Policy

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s):
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Why are some groups healthier than others, and how do these differences emerge and persist over the life course? How do social policies (e.g., housing, transportation, employment) relate to health and health inequalities? Why are there health disparities even in countries that have free universal health care? This course will address conceptual models for understanding health disparities in the US and internationally, how population science identifies the main sources of these disparities, and how public health can inform policy efforts to address these disparities.
  • Learning Objectives: See competencies below.
Concentration Competencies that EPID591 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Recommend evidence-based interventions that engage broad and diverse community stakeholders for population health improvement PUBHLTH515, EPID591, NUTR597, PUBHLTH511

EPID592: Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology and GIS for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a second year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 4 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Zelner, Jonathan (Online MPH); Zelner, Jonathan (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • Description: In this class, students will be exposed to the conceptual foundations of spatial analysis in public health and will develop familiarity with spatial data manipulation and visualization using GIS software.’
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Develop familiarity with the historical and conceptual foundations of modern spatial epidemiology. 2. Learn about the different types of spatial data used in epidemiology and public health. 3. Obtain, load, and visualize spatial datasets using ArcGIS Online.
Concentration Competencies that EPID592 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501

EPID600: Introduction to Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Villamor, Eduardo (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 503, 553 or another graduate course in basic statistics, which may be taken concurrently with EPID 600
  • Description: This course provides students with the foundations of epidemiologic theory and practice. The course will cover conceptual and practical issues around the design, conduct, and analysis of epidemiologic research and the interpretation of epidemiologic data. The course format includes lectures and discussions of written exercises.
Concentration Competencies that EPID600 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Describe population patterns of health-related risk factors and health-related outcomes in terms of person, place, and time EPID600, EPID602
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of common epidemiologic study designs (e.g., cross-sectional, cohort, case-control, randomized experiments) EPID600, EPID602
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Interpret the impact of bias, confounding, and effect modification on causal inference in epidemiologic research EPID600, EPID602
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Critically evaluate epidemiological findings from published research studies EPID600
EPID Clinical Research-Epidemiology MS Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of study designs (e.g., cross-sectional, cohort, case-control, randomized experiments) and the appropriate measure of association for a given study design EPID600
EPID Clinical Research-Epidemiology MS Describe the causes of random and non-random error in research studies, including information bias, selection bias, and confounding EPID600

EPID601: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Gordon, Aubree (Residential);
  • Offered every year
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in Biostat 523 or equiv; Epid 600 or 503 is recommended but not required
  • Description: Epid 601 is a comprehensive course in the basic concepts, principles, and methods of population-based epidemiologic research, which serves as a foundation for subsequent courses in epidemiology, biomedical research, and quantitative methods. Class topics expand on those covered in Epid 600. Emphasis is given to study design, quantitative measures, statistical analysis, data quality, sources of bias, and causal inference. The general approach of this course is both theoretical and quantitative, focusing on the investigation of disease etiology and other causal relations in public health and medicine.
  • Syllabus for EPID601
Concentration Competencies that EPID601 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EHS Industrial Hygiene MS Analyze, interpret, and apply statistical and epidemiological data PUBHLTH512, EPID601, Thesis
EPID Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology MPH Apply appropriate methods for collecting primary and/or secondary occupational and environmental exposure data and health outcomes for original analysis EPID601

EPID602: EPID Methods II: Applied Epidemiologic Data Analysis

  • Graduate level
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Winter term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 4 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 4 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Baylin, Ana (Residential); Baylin, Ana (Online MPH); Baylin, Ana (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: Epid 600; or EPID 601. or EPID503, or permission of the instructor.
  • Description: A practicum in epidemiologic data analysis designed to integrate and apply concepts learned in previous biostatistics and epidemiologic methods courses. Students learn practical skills to analyze and interpret epidemiologic data with continuous and dichotomous outcome variables through lectures and hands-on exercises.
Concentration Competencies that EPID602 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Describe population patterns of health-related risk factors and health-related outcomes in terms of person, place, and time EPID600, EPID602
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of common epidemiologic study designs (e.g., cross-sectional, cohort, case-control, randomized experiments) EPID600, EPID602
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Interpret the impact of bias, confounding, and effect modification on causal inference in epidemiologic research EPID600, EPID602
EPID Clinical Research-Epidemiology MS Analyze research data and interpret these results from a population health or clinical-translational perspective EPID602, BIOSTAT522

EPID603: Professional Development Seminar

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Pearce, C. Leigh (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: EPID 603 is a Winter term course to be taken by OEE, GE, and GHE students in year one. Students are exposed to various topics such as responsible research, ethics, group dynamics, DE&I, and career planning. This course allows GHE, GE, and OEE students to think strategically about their career in Public Health.

EPID604: Applications of Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Spring-Summer, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
  • Description: Application of epidemiological methods and concepts to analysis of data from epidemiological, clinical or laboratory studies. Introduction to independent research and scientific writing under faculty guidance.
  • Syllabus for EPID604

EPID605: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Martin, Emily (Residential);
  • Offered every year
  • Last offered Fall 2018
  • Prerequisites: EPID 503 or EPID 600
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: Introduction to disease and transmission characteristics, and the descriptive epidemiology of infectious agents. This course will help students to understand the theoretical basis of pathogen transmission and what factors determine patterns of disease occurrence. Students will learn how to apply this understanding to disease prevention and control.
  • Syllabus for EPID605

EPID607: Communicable Diseases in Public Health Practice

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Power, Laura (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course addresses the role of the infectious diseases epidemiologist in governmental public health, focusing on case definition development, notifiable disease reporting, immunization use, and surveillance. Students will learn the biology and epidemiology of important communicable diseases and will develop skills in outbreak investigations and public health response.

EPID608: Environmental Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): O'Neill, Marie (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: Epid 600 or 503, Biostat 553 or 503
  • Description: This course will serve as an introduction to topics in environmental epidemiology, covering major areas of current inquiry in this field. It will convey the basic tools required to critically read the literature and to develop appropriate study designs in light of intended applications. The class meeting will include lectures and student-led discussions. This course will review epidemiologic methods used in evaluating the health effects of physical, biological and chemical agents in the environment and the available evidence on the health effects of such exposures. We will also consider policy and public health applications of the scientific evidence. Topics include lectures on methodology and major environmental exposures, discussions based on review and critiques of current literature, and presentations by outside experts on specific environmental epidemiology issues of current interest. After taking this course, students should have a better understanding of the scope, limitations, applications and future of environmental epidemiology.
  • This course is cross-listed with EHS/EPID 608 in the SPH Environmental Health Sciences department.
Concentration Competencies that EPID608 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology MPH Design an epidemiologic study of an environmental or occupational factor and a health outcome that tests one or more specific hypotheses EPID608, EHS608

EPID609: Vaccines in Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Yang, Zhenhua (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: EHS 513 or equiv.
  • Description: Vaccines represent the most cost-effective medial intervention that has made a major effect on mortality reduction and population growth. This course will cover the epidemiological, statistical, biological, microbiologic, immunological principles, approaches and methods used in vaccine development and vaccination program design. Through a detailed discussion of the pathobiology, epidemiology, vaccine, and vaccination program design of a selected group of vaccine preventable diseases, the course will introduce the students to the major types of infectious diseases defined by the types of pathogens, the different transmission mechanisms of infectious diseases, the concept of population transmission dynamics, and the basic types of population effects of vaccination. Current issues and challenges in vaccine development and immunization practice will als be discussed.

EPID617: Social epidemiology II: Social and economic determinants of population health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Kobayashi, Lindsay (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2019
  • Prerequisites: EPID 514 or permission of instructor
  • Description: The objective of this course is to examine, in depth, some of the key social determinants of health in populations. The course is organized around substantive topic areas (e.g. obesity, disability, mental health, youth and substance abuse, stress and social support, neighborhoods and environments), with a focus on understanding the role of social factors in shaping health. The course draws heavily on epidemiologic perspectives and methods as tools to improve our understanding of population health, and is designed to expose students to different methodological approaches and their strengths/limitations in defining population health, understanding its determinants, and assessing the mechanisms by which these determinants influence population health. The course is a combination of lectures and student discussions, with an emphasis on class participation.

EPID621: Cancer Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Mondul, Alison (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: EPID 600, EPID 503, or PhD standing
  • Description: The course will review the socio-demographic magnitude of cancer, basic concepts of cancer biology and the causes of cancer. Methods for evaluating genetic factors, tobacco, alcohol, radiation, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, viruses and nutrition will be reviewed in lectures and by classroom discussion of selected publications.

EPID624: Readings in Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Review of literature on selected subjects under guidance of individual faculty members and through scheduled seminars at which reports are presented. May be elected more than once.

EPID625: Controversial topics in the role of nutrition on chronic disease

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Baylin, Ana (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2016
  • Prerequisites: EPID 600 or EPID503 AND BIOSTAT 501 or BIOSTAT 521
  • Description: This public health-oriented course will provide students the opportunity to advance their knowledge in nutrition and chronic disease research from a population perspective and help them to better interpret epidemiologic studies on nutrition and chronic disease.
  • This course is cross-listed with EPID625/NUTR626 in the Epidemiology and Nutritional Sciences department.
  • Syllabus for EPID625

EPID633: Introduction to Mathematical Modeling in Epidemiology and Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Eisenberg, Marisa (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 20158
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course serves as a basic introduction to math modeling in epidemiology, with examples drawn broadly from infectious disease, chronic disease, and social epidemiology. The goal of this course is to give students basic familiarity with a wide range of topics and methods in mathematical modeling for epidemiology.

EPID634: Foundations in infectious disease transmission modeling

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Eisenberg, Joseph (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: EPID 600, BIOSTATS 503, 553, or another course that provides a similar background in probability and statistics
  • Description: Infectious disease transmission modeling provides a theoretical framework for the field of infectious disease epidemiology; i.e., it provides a basis for thinking about study design, data analysis, and decision making. This course will serve as an introduction to infectious disease transmission modeling, teaching more quantitative concepts of disease transmission.

EPID636: Cancer Risk and Epidemiology Modeling

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Meza Rodriguez, Rafael (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 560 or permission from the instructor
  • Description: This course will introduce 1) the concepts of multistage carcinogenesis and the analysis of cancer epidemiology using mathematical models of carcinogenesis; 2) the analysis of cancer prevention strategies using Markov cancer natural history models. Students will learn how to develop and fit multistage and cancer natural history models in R.

EPID640: SAS for Epidemiological Research

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Adar, Sara (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 503 or 553
  • Description: This course teaches the fundamentals of data management, processing, manipulation, and critical review of data in SAS for epidemiologic and statistical analysis.
  • Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, students should be able to read in raw data, merge files, recode existing variables, create new parameters, critically review data for errors, create graphics to understand data, construct datasets for statistical analysis, and interpret simple statistical output in SAS.

EPID641: Measurement Theory and Instrument Design

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Mendes de Leon, Carlos (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: EPID 600
  • Description: Measurement of Health-Related Risk Factors and Outcomes

EPID642: Sampling and Power

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Park, Sung Kyun (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: EPID 600 (or equivalent), EPID 640 (or equivalent), and BIOSTAT 503 or 553 (or equivalent)
  • Description: This course introduces 1) various sampling methods (simple random sampling, stratified sampling, cluster sampling, convenience sampling, control sampling strategies in case-control design) and 2) power and sample size calculations. This course consists of lectures and hands-on exercises in computer labs, homework assignments, and a final project.
  • Syllabus for EPID642
Concentration Competencies that EPID642 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Apply core aspects of field methods in epidemiology (e.g., survey design, sampling and power, surveillance) EPID642, EPID643

EPID643: Surveillance and Publicly Available Datasets

  • Graduate level
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 1 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 1 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Mondul, Alison (Residential); Buxton, Miatta (Online MPH); Buxton, Miatta (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: EPID 600
  • Description: This course includes an introduction to publicly available datasets and their use in epidemiologic research. Students will be introduced to datasets and will do in-class exercises using these data. This course consists of lectures, in-class exercises, quizzes, and a final written assignment.
Concentration Competencies that EPID643 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Apply core aspects of field methods in epidemiology (e.g., survey design, sampling and power, surveillance) EPID642, EPID643
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501
Population and Health Sciences MPH Estimate population health indicators from high quality data resources from diverse sources PUBHLTH515, EPID643, NUTR590, BIOSTAT592, BIOSTAT501

EPID644: Contemporary Methods

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Needham, Belinda (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: EPID 600
  • Description: Overview of contemporary methodologic topics in epidemiology

EPID663: Health, Evidence, and Human Rights

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Harlow, Sioban (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
  • Description: The ability to generate and interpret evidence is critical to addressing human rights abuses both in the courts and through national and multilateral policies. This course will use case studies to examine how to frame population research priorities and designs from a human rights perspective.

EPID664: Field Methods in Epidemiology for Developing Countries

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Eisenberg, Joseph (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: Epid 503 or Epid 600
  • Description: This course is for students and researchers interested in pursuing collaborative epidemiologic research in international settings. The course will focus on steps and procedures for setting up and conducting international epidemiologic studies. Topics will include relationship between research groups and host country policy makers and collaborators, cultural and logistical differences between research studies in the U.S. and international settings. Other topics will include developing and maintaining research infrastructure, research design, field operations, anticipated obstacles, monitoring, ethical and IRB requirement for international studies, funding, and plans for maintaining future collaborations. Occasional guest lecturers, actively involved in international epidemiologic research will be integrated into the syllabus.
Concentration Competencies that EPID664 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Global Health Epidemiology MPH Apply the steps in developing research infrastructure for population health studies in low- and middle-income countries, including consideration of local ethics and IRB review EPID506, EPID664
EPID Global Health Epidemiology MPH Develop strategies and capacity for resolving problems that arise when conducting epidemiology studies in low- and middle-income countries EPID664, EPID665

EPID665: Research Seminar in International Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): O'Neill, Marie (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.; restricted to 2nd year Epidemiology International Health MPH students
  • Description: The seminar provides a forum for the discussion of capstone research projects in international health. Students in both the General Epidemiology and the Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology tracks of the International Health Program present their research findings. In addition, the seminar includes presentations of international health research by other speakers from the University and elsewhere.
Concentration Competencies that EPID665 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Global Health Epidemiology MPH Develop strategies and capacity for resolving problems that arise when conducting epidemiology studies in low- and middle-income countries EPID664, EPID665
EPID Global Health Epidemiology MPH Demonstrate contextual expertise in at least one country/region including knowledge of the structure of health systems and the public health infrastructure, as well as major public health intervention programs EPID665, EPID506

EPID666: Health and Socioeconomic Development

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Stein, Howard (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: Grad Status
  • Description: Reviews links between health conditions and socioeconomic development in low-income countries and trends in health and development indicators; socio-economic determinants of health, including poverty and income, education, nutrition, fertility, and culture and behavior; impact of globalization in terms of neo-liberal policies, trade and capital flows and the urbanization and their growth of the informal economy; examines the effects of health changes on economic growth and development.
  • This course is cross-listed with 662 in the CAAS department.

EPID674: Epidemiologic Data Analysis using R

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Bakulski, Kelly (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2019
  • Prerequisites: EPID 503 or EPID 600 AND BIOSTAT 503 or BIOSTAT 553
  • Advisory Prerequisites: EPID 640
  • Description: This course will introduce the R statistical programming language for epidemiologic data analysis. This course will focus on core basics of organizing, managing, and manipulating data; basic graphics in R; and descriptive methods and regression models widely used in epidemiology.

EPID675: Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Park, Sung Kyun (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 560 and EPID 503 or 600
  • Description: This course will introduce non-parametric smoothing methods, such as splines, locally weighted polynomial regression (LOESS) and generalized additive models (GAM), and focus on continuous environmental exposure variables. It will also deal with analysis of multi-level data including analyses of longitudinal data and complex sampling data, and time-series analysis that are widely used in environmental epidemiology. The course will cover how to handle limits of detection in environmental exposure data. It will provide an opportunity to analyze actual population data to learn how to model environmental epidemiologic data, and is designed particularly for students who pursue environmental epidemiologic research. The course will consist of lectures and hands-on practices in computer labs, homework assignments and final projects. R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics, will be used.
  • This course is cross-listed with EHS675 in the Environmental Health Sciences department.
  • Syllabus for EPID675

EPID677: Epidemiology of Aging

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Mendes de Leon, Carlos (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2018
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course will address the epidemiology of aging from a public health perspective covering epidemiologic studies of disease, functional status, and well-being in late-life. The course is taught in seminar format, with in-class discussion of selected readings. Course evaluations will be based on class participation and a term paper.
  • Syllabus for EPID677

EPID679: Epidemiology of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Mezuk, Briana (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: EPID602
  • Description: Introduces the epidemiology of psychiatric and substance use disorders. Addresses conceptual and methodological considerations in psychiatric research, descriptive and analytic epidemiology of common psychiatric and substance use disorders, and issues of classification and measurement for epidemiologic research. Students analyze epidemiologic data pertaining to psychiatric and substance use disorders.
  • Learning Objectives: Upon completing this course students will be able to: -Describe the epidemiology of the major psychiatric and substance use disorders of childhood, adulthood, and late adulthood -Understand epidemiologic methods used to assess psychiatric and substance use disorders in the community -Demonstrate the ability to critically assess epidemiologic data and scientific articles pertaining to psychiatric and substance use disorders -Demonstrate ability to obtain and analyze various epidemiologic data sources with information pertaining to psychiatric and substance use disorders -Prepare a scientific paper pertaining to epidemiology of psychiatric or substance use disorders -Improve public communication skills through class presentations and discussions

EPID680: Hospital Epidemiology I

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Yang, Zhenhua (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: The course provides an overview and essential knowledge in hospital epidemiology. It covers healthcare associated infection surveillance, prevention, and control, healthcare outcome assessment, and healthcare employee health promotion. The course also discusses important emerging issues in healthcare settings, which include antibiotics resistance, emerging infectious diseases, and biological disaster preparedness.
Concentration Competencies that EPID680 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology MPH Apply epidemiologic principles to the design and implementation of interventions in a healthcare setting EPID680
EPID Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology MPH Apply principles of antibiotic stewardship EPID680

EPID681: Hospital Epidemiolgy II

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Chenoweth, Carol (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: EPID680
  • Description: This course will provide skill in use of surveillance techniques for HAIs, concepts of asepsis, disinfection and sterilization evaluation. Students will have opportunities to work through real-life experiences in infection control, including communicable disease exposures, outbreak investigation, biodisaster exercises, risk assessment in the healthcare setting and infections in special populations.

EPID684: Theory and applications of spatial epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Zelner, Jonathan (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501 or BIOSTAT 521
  • Advisory Prerequisites: intermediate biostatistics course recommended
  • Description: This course provides a survey of spatial problems in epidemiology with a specific focus on public health applications of spatial analysis. Topics covered will include the different types of spatial data, causal inference with spatial data, and specific examples of applications of spatial analysis to epidemiological problems.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the circumstances when spatial analysis is necessary and useful for different types of epidemiological problems and contexts. 2. Understand and describe key issues of causal inference in spatial analysis (e.g. ecological and atomistic fallacies). 3. Become familiar with statistical concepts underlying spatial epidemiological analysis.

EPID701: Fundamentals of Biostatistics

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Jiang, Hui (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: This course teaches the statistical methods and principles necessary for understanding and interpreting data used in public health and policy evaluation and formation. Topics include descriptive statistics, graphical data summary, sampling, statistical comparison of groups, correlation, and regression. Students will learn via lecture, group discussions, critical reading of published research, and analysis of data.

EPID702: Bayesian Perspectives in Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff Little, Roderick (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: courses in basic statistics and standard regression
  • Description: This course provides an introduction to Bayesian methods in epidemiology. Topics include: contrasting the Bayesian and classical approaches to hypothesis testing and interval estimation; strengths and weaknesses of the two paradigms, and when they give similar and dissimilar answers; objective and subjective Bayes; calibrated Bayes, a conceptual approach that combines Bayesian and frequentist ideas; computational tools, including Markov Chain Monte Carlo. the Bayesian approach to some important problems in epidemiology: contingency tables, diagnostic testing, comparison of means, regression, hierarchical models, measurement error, and analysis of data from common study designs.

EPID703: Applied Infectious Disease Modeling

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Brouwer, Andrew (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Experience with modeling or good quantitative background, including statistics and differential equations; familiarity with R software.
  • Description: Infectious disease modeling is increasingly being used to inform policy, practice, and research. This course will provide an introduction to the epidemiological and mathematical concepts underlying infectious disease modeling as well as the application of these concepts through hands-on model implementation.

EPID706: Measurement In Clinical Research

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Gagnier, Joel (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: Introductory courses in epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Description: This course will provide an introduction to test/scale development theories (Classical Test Theory vs Item Response Theory) and the properties of clinical outcome measurement tools (i.e. validity, reliability and responsiveness).

EPID707: Nutritional Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Villamor, Eduardo (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: EPID 701 or EPID 503 or EPID 600 or EPID 601 AND EPID 709 or BIOSTAT 501 or BIOSTAT 521
  • Description: This course focuses on the design, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic studies addressing diet and health. The course will provide quantitative practical skills to deal with methodological issues around dietary assessment methods, sources of variation in the diet, energy intake, measurement error, anthropometry and body composition, and biomarkers of intake.

EPID708: Machine Learning for Epidemiologic Analysis in the Era of Big Data

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Introductory course in statistics as well as courses or working knowledge of basic regressions (linear, logistic, etc.). Having some background in the programming language R preferred.
  • Description: Course focuses on advances in machine learning and its application to causal inference and prediction via Targeted Learning, which allows the use of machine learning algorithms for prediction and estimating so-called causal parameters, such as average treatment effects, optimal treatment regimes, etc. We will discuss implementation via cloud computing.

EPID712: Epidemiology of Oral Diseases and their Role in General Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: Participants in this course will learn about the measurement and epidemiology of oral diseases and their extensive impact on quality of life. The course will illustrate the use of epidemiologic approaches to describe oral manifestations of systemic diseases and systemic manifestations of oral diseases as well as the financial and human costs of dental care. The need for patient-centered, interprofessional collaboration approaches will be discussed. The course will emphasize the evaluation of population and clinical scientific evidence in oral health epidemiology.

EPID719: Quantitative Methods in Genetic Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Ruiz-Narvaez, Edward Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: EPID 701 or EPID 503 or EPID 600 or EPID 601 AND EPID 709 or BIOSTAT 501 or BIOSTAT 521
  • Description: This course familiarizes students with methods and principles of genetic and epigenetic epidemiology. The course integrates concepts in human genetics, population genetics, epidemiology and biostatistics. The course will emphasize applications of existing methods. Topics to be included are population genetics, gene-environment interaction, genetic and epigenetic association studies, and social epigenomics.

EPID720: Applied Mediation Analysis

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: The course will approach concepts and methods for mediation from the perspective of the counterfactual framework. Mediation analysis quantifies the extent to which the effect of an exposure on some outcome is mediated through a particular intermediate and the extent to which it is direct or through other pathways. Definitions, identification results and statistical techniques related to mediation analysis will be covered. The course will clarify the assumptions required for the estimation of direct and indirect effect and will extend the approach to mediation typically employed in epidemiology and the social sciences to settings with interactions, non-linearities, and time-varying exposures. Prerequisite: Familiarity with regression analysis and potential outcomes.
  • Learning Objectives: 1.To understand the assumptions of a counterfactual frame in formulating mediation analyses questions 2.To identify different types of causal effects (e.g. total, direct, indirect) and their mathematical relations with each other 3.To correctly specify regression models in conducting mediation analyses 2.To master the use of statistical software code to conduct mediation analyses and the interpretation of output

EPID721: Applied Sensitivity Analyses In Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Introductory epidemiology. Introductory biostatistics or introduction to generalized linear models. Working knowledge of a general statistical software like SAS, Stata or R
  • Advisory Prerequisites: An introductory course on causal inference (e.g. EPID 780) is highly recommended
  • Description: This course introduces how to think about and conduct sensitivity analyses for uncontrolled confounding, selection bias and measurement error in epidemiologic studies. The course will demonstrate the intuition behind the separate and combined consequences of these sources of bias on estimating and inferring causal effects. It will provide practical quantitative skills for assessing the sensitivity of analytical results to these biases in order to aid credible causal modeling and inference using empirical epidemiologic studies
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Learn to articulate the different of impact of uncontrolled confounding, selection bias and measurement error separately and in combination. 2. Learn to depict visually these sources of bias and understand their impact using causal diagrams. 3. Learn to conduct quantitative bias analyses including multiple-bias modeling. 4. Learn to reason about and obtain bias parameters for sensitivity analyses. 5. Learn to apply and interpret probabilistic sensitivity analyses in epidemiologic studies.

EPID722: Medical Product Epidemiology and Global Regulation

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course addresses the use and effects of medical products -These products are regulated worldwide. These regulatory requirements have stimulated the need for data and varied studies on very large populations to establish the safety of the products and the concomitant conditions that help determine their safety and effectiveness.

EPID724: Leadership and Strategic Planning for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Power, Laura (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Advisory Prerequisites: none
  • Description: This course focuses on leadership skills and strategic planning for public health and healthcare professionals with the ultimate goal of readying students for public health 3.0. Students will learn approaches to empower teams and to collaborate across sectors and will practice using systems thinking and policy evaluation as tools for promoting health for individuals and populations. The course will include self-assessment of leadership skills, practice in identifying appropriate leadership and management techniques, and analysis of case studies to understand policy evaluation and systems thinking. Students will be encouraged to bring real-world experience to the class lessons and discussions.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Understand the basic structure of the public health system 2. Describe the reasons for and concepts behind Public Health 3.0 3. Discuss systems thinking mindset and utilize tools of systems thinking 4. List steps in policy analysis and evaluation and apply skills of policy analysis 5. Understand the concept of health in all policies 6. Be familiar with leadership styles in public health 7. Understand the differences in public health management and public health leadership 8. State their own leadership style 9. Apply leadership skills in a case-study 10. Be familiar with tools that are available for policy evaluation, systems thinking, and public health leadership

EPID730: Simulation Modeling of Tobacco Use, Health Effects and Policy Impacts

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Jeon, Jihyoun Meza Rodriguez, Rafael (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Either tobacco epidemiology or tobacco control knowledge, or familiarity with modeling. For those without modeling background, we recommend taking the EPID 793 Complex Systems Modeling for Public Health Research course first (offered the prior week)
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course will introduce students to the use of simulation modeling to assess the burden of tobacco use on health and project the impact of tobacco control interventions and regulations on use patterns and downstream health effects.
  • Learning Objectives: This course will introduce students to the use of simulation modeling to assess the burden of tobacco use on health, and project the impact of tobacco control interventions and regulations on use patterns and downstream health effects

EPID742: Introduction to Linear, Logistic and Poisson Regression

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Kim, Myra (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Intro Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Perm. Instr
  • Description: This course will cover regression methods for continuous, binary, and count data. Majority of epidemiologic data involve either binary or count data, and binary data often arise from an underlying continuous data. Therefore, multiple (for continuous data), logistic (for binary data) and Poisson (for count data) regression analyses are all important analytic approaches that frequently provide valuable insights into data collected for epidemiologic studies. All approaches will be covered under the umbrella of generalized linear models (GLM) and presented in a practical and an applied fashion. The discussed material begins with the simplest case with the goal of understanding the fundamental properties of each model. Once these properties are established, more advanced topics such as collinearity, variable selection, non-linear explanatory variables, and goodness-of-fit will be described and applied to example epidemiologic data sets. These approaches provide simple and effective ways to explore complex relationships and illustrate the general process of using a model to draw appropriate conclusions. Prerequisite: Introductory level courses in epidemiology and biostatistics

EPID743: Applied Linear Regression

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: Intro Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Perm. Instr
  • Description: This course is an introduction to the most powerful analysis technique in statistics: linear regression. This course discusses the applications of linear regression models to medical research and public health data. We will focus on the two major goals of linear models: (1) Explanation: the estimation of associations, and (2) Prediction: the use of models to predict subject outcomes, as with diagnostic tests. Specific topics include graphical exploratory data analysis, assumptions behind simple and multiple linear regression, use of categorical explanatory variables, identification of appropriate transformations of explanatory and/or outcome variables, assessment of predictor/outcome associations through hypothesis testing, identification of confounding and effect modification, assessment of model fit, and model selection techniques.

EPID761: Social Determinants Of Population Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Mendes de Leon, Carlos (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course will provide an introduction theories, concepts, methods, and findings in recent social epidemiologic research. We will develop a basic understanding of how key social factors shape the distribution of health and disease in the general population, with a focus on race/ethnicity, social status, features of the neighborhood social environment, and individual-level psychosocial characteristics.

EPID762: Analysis of Complex Sample Survey Data

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: . A first course in survey sampling or research methods and a basic understanding of sampling concepts such as stratification, cluster sampling and weighting is required.
  • Description: This course will present a practical overview of modern techniques for analyzing survey data in a way that accounts for the complex features of the sample design that gave rise to the sample of units that was ultimately surveyed

EPID778: Spatial Statistics for Epidemiological Data

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s):
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Previous expericne with R is preferred, not required
  • Description: With the increasing availability of geographic information systems, spatial data have become more frequent in many disciplines, including public health and epidemiology. This course aims to provide an introduction to spatial statistical methods for epidemiological data, covering modeling approaches for the two different types of spatial data: point-referenced data, where the geographical coordinates of the observations have been recorded; and areal-averaged data, where summary statistics (e.g., number of disease cases by county, zip code, etc.) are reported for each areal unit. Topics covered include: exploratory analysis for spatial data, covariance functions, kriging, spatial regression; disease mapping, spatial smoothing; point processes, assessment of clustering, and cluster detection. Each lecture will feature a lab component, during which spatial analyses of datasets, made available to the participants, will be performed using the publically available R statistical software

EPID780: Applied Epidemiologic Analysis For Causal Inference

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: students should have at least one basic epidemiology course with a working knowledge of regression and other standard statistical methodology common in basic epidemiological analysis.
  • Advisory Prerequisites: EPID 701 or EPID 503 or EPID 600 or EPID 601 AND EPID 709 or BIOSTAT 501 or BIOSTAT 521
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course focuses on concepts and application of potential outcomes for the estimation of causal parameters in epidemiologic research. Emphasis is on understanding the causal quantities, specifying the corresponding models, and interpreting the resulting estimates. Some simple code in Stata will be shown throughout, but no specific software background is required.

EPID784: Survival Analysis Applied to Epidemiologic and Medical Data

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Schaubel, Douglas (Residential);
  • Offered Every Summer
  • Last offered Summer 2019
  • Prerequisites: Introductory level course in statistics.
  • Description: The primary objective of this course is to provide participants with the background required to understand commonly used survival analysis methods, and to apply such methods using standard statistical software. The course material relies heavily on examples and intuitive explanations of concepts. The mathematical level is completely accessible with knowledge of high school algebra, one semester of calculus, and a one-year course in basic statistical methods. Examples will be chosen from various epidemiologic and medical applications. The topics will include: an introduction to survival analysis; right censoring and left truncation; life tables, non-parametric estimators (e.g., Kaplan-Meier, Nelson-Aalen); two- and k-sample tests (e.g., log rank, Wilcoxon); parametric methods for analyzing survival data (e.g., exponential model); semi parametric methods (e.g., Cox proportional hazards model). The statistical techniques will be illustrated using various medical and epidemiological studies. Students will carry out some applied (pencil-and-paper) problems to illustrate the main ideas of survival analysis and to solidify the concepts. There will also be a number of data analysis exercises that will utilize statistical software. Prerequisite: Introductory level course in statistics (including an introduction to regression methods).

EPID793: Complex Systems Modeling for Public Health Research

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course will provide an introduction to two major complex systems science modeling techniques with wide applicability to public health. We will cover an introductory overview of complex systems modeling in general, and systems dynamics and agent-based modeling in particular. We will discuss model applications, best practices, and more advanced practical topics such as team-building, computation, funding, and publication. We will provide extensive hands-on lab experience during each section of the course. At the completion of the course the student will be able to explain current and potential future roles of complex systems science in public health, describe the respective advantages/disadvantages of each method covered, and will be expected to produce a draft proposal for applying one of the two system science methods to a particular problem. Students will become informed consumers of complex systems research, will be prepared to actively participate in interdisciplinary teams using the modeling techniques, and will be well positioned to incorporate systems science methods into their own research. Prerequisite: Relevant background in public health.

EPID798: Epidemiologic Data Analysis using R

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Park, Sung Kyun (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2018
  • Prerequisites: Introductory level courses in Epidemiology (e.g., EPID 503 or EPID 600) and Biostatistics (e.g., BIOSTAT 503 or BIOSTAT 553). Experience in the use of Windows-based microcomputers. No experience of R is required.
  • Description: This course will introduce the R statistical programming language for epidemiologic data analysis. R is a freely available, versatile, and powerful program for statistical computing and graphics. This course will focus on core basics of organizing, managing, and manipulating data; basic graphics in R; and descriptive methods and regression models widely used in epidemiology.

EPID799: Qualitative Methods for Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: This course provides an overview of qualitative research methods that can complement and enhance epidemiologic studies. It is useful for epidemiologists interested in understanding the social, cultural and behavioral aspects of public health issues within communities. Students will learn how to integrate qualitative methods into epidemiology research and how to select appropriate qualitative methods. Sessions will cover: principles of qualitative research, study design, participant recruitment, data collection methods (interviews, group discussion, and observation), writing and presenting qualitative research and assessing research quality. The course uses participatory learning activities to build core skills. The course is valuable for public health professionals, staff at government and non-government agencies focusing on health and disease, graduate students and researchers. Skills learnt in this course will be valuable for conducting epidemiology research and evaluating qualitative research components in funding proposals, projects and publications.

EPID806: History of Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Baylin, Ana (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2014
  • Not offered 2020-2021
  • Prerequisites: EPID601 or similar
  • Description: This is a methodology course which focuses on the historical evolution of methods (e.g., study designs) and concepts (e.g., confounding, bias, interaction and causal inference) that constitute today's epidemiology. The course will also include a brief history of Public Health and history of the Department of Epidemiology at Michigan.

EPID811: Critical Appraisal of Epidemiologic Studies

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Adar, Sara (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Doctoral standing or Perm. Instr.
  • Description: This is an introductory course for doctoral students in the epidemiology Ph.D. program. It will proved a unifying examination of epidemiological constructs and their application to the evaluation of the literature. Topics include: Importance of causal relationships; study designs that can demonstrate and test causation; interpretation of results from causation.
Concentration Competencies that EPID811 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Epidemiologic Science PhD Evaluate epidemiological study designs and advanced epidemiological methods, and select the most appropriate method to address a specific study question EPID811, EPID824, Comprehensive Exam
EPID Epidemiologic Science PhD Demonstrate a thorough understanding of causal inference, sources of bias, and methods to improve the validity of epidemiologic studies EPID811, EPID824, Comprehensive Exam

EPID815: Modern Statistical Methods in Epidemiologic Studies

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Park, Sung Kyun (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: EPID 600, BIOSTAT 523 and BIOSTAT 560 for epid students. Biostat 650, 651 for biostat students
  • Advisory Prerequisites: EPID 798 for epid students; BIOSTAT 695 for Biostat students
  • Description: The goal of this pilot course is to create an interdisciplinary educational experience for Ph.D. students in Epidemiology (also available as an optional elective for Masters students in Biostatistics) through a uniquely designed course that contains lectures on advanced biostatistical methods, but places them in the context of epidemiological applications.
  • This course is cross-listed with BIOSTAT698.
  • Syllabus for EPID815

EPID824: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Villamor, Eduardo (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: EPID601
  • Advisory Prerequisites: EPID600 and EPID601 or equivalent, and doctoral student taking comprehensive exam; other students admitted by permission of instructor
  • Description: Advanced epidemiologic methods, with an emphasis on causality in epidemiologic research, theoretical considerations and interpretations of findings.
Concentration Competencies that EPID824 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Epidemiologic Science PhD Evaluate epidemiological study designs and advanced epidemiological methods, and select the most appropriate method to address a specific study question EPID811, EPID824, Comprehensive Exam
EPID Epidemiologic Science PhD Demonstrate a thorough understanding of causal inference, sources of bias, and methods to improve the validity of epidemiologic studies EPID811, EPID824, Comprehensive Exam

EPID825: Writing Grant Applications

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Mendes de Leon, Carlos (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Basic epidemiology methods (EPID 600 or equivalent)
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Basic competencies in epidemiology research methods, including biostatistics (e.g., Biostat 523), Measurement and Instrument Design (e.g., EPID 641); Sampling and Power Analysis (e.g., EPID 642)
  • Description: This doctoral-level course will cover basic information on and skills in writing effective grant applications. It will provide extensive opportunity to practice grant writing skills in a positive and inclusive environment with instructor and peer feedback. The course will also provide key information and resources on the different types of grant mechanisms available to researchers in public health sciences, and introduce students to the grant review and funding process. The course will be offered seminar-style. Individual classes typically include a brief presentation on grant mechanisms, grant application structures and formats, and grant review processes. All students will be required to develop and write their own application as part of the class, and participate in the peer-review of the drafts of the applications of the other students.
  • Learning Objectives: see below

EPID889: Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship Seminar

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Villamor, Eduardo Pearce, C. Leigh (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2016
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This seminar will cover the Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS) training for all incoming EPID PhD students and other individuals who are affiliated with a training grant. The seminar will also expose students to cutting-edge epidemiologic research topics through departmental talks by experts in the field as well as provide additional professional development training. RCRS is defined by National Institutes of Health as "the practice of scientific investigation [and academia] with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research [and academia]."

EPID890: Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Martin, Emily (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Doctoral seminar to provide guidance to new doctoral candidates as they write their prospectus, and to provide opportunities to practice the presentation modalities of epidemiology through seminars, poster sessions, and oral presentations.

EPID891: Advanced Readings in Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Students will review assigned readings on the epidemiology or natural history of specific infections or chronic diseases or on host or environmental factors associated with disease, or on epidemiological methods and their application. May be elected more than once

EPID990: Dissertation Research/Pre-Candidate

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: For students who have NOT reached candidacy yet.

EPID995: Dissertation Research/Candidate

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student who has been admitted to status as a candidate

PUBHLTH512: Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Pearce, C. Leigh Karvonen-Gutierrez, Carrie (Residential); Malosh, Ryan Karvonen-Gutierrez, Carrie Pearce, C. Leigh (Online MPH); Malosh, Ryan (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH and SPH MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • Advisory Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501 or equivalent course
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course provides a foundation to the principles of epidemiology for applications to public health. This introductory epidemiology course is for students who are NOT pursuing an Epidemiology MPH. The course will overview the fundamental concepts of epidemiology including measures of frequency and association, study design, data collection and interpretation. This course will have a hybrid style (online & in-class) of instruction.
  • This course required for the school-wide core curriculum
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH512
Concentration Competencies that PUBHLTH512 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EHS Industrial Hygiene MS Analyze, interpret, and apply statistical and epidemiological data PUBHLTH512, EPID601, Thesis

PUBHLTH515: Population Health

  • Graduate level
  • Online MPH only
  • This is a second year course for Online students
  • Winter term(s) term for online MPH students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students
  • Instructor(s): Kardia, Sharon (Online MPH); Kardia, Sharon (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: Biostat501 or higher, PubHlth 512 or higher
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Pubhlth511
  • Description: This course is intended to serve as an introduction to population health from both the vantage point of both public health and healthcare. We will examine the key components of community health needs assessments, how they are used, and how to compare population health assessments across subpopulations and time. We will also explore the epidemiological sources and criteria by which to select high quality data sources to estimate population health indicators and to select evidence-based interventions to improve population health. Finally, we will design of multisector collaborations that support the phases of population health improvement. As a survey of the population health, the course provides an overview for students wishing no more than an introduction to the field, as well as good grounding for students who wish to pursue additional coursework in population health.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Explain differences between population health assessments for public health and healthcare. 2. Understand the key components of community health needs assessments (CHNA). 3. Analyze how public health and healthcare will use a CHNA to improve population health. 4. Estimate key population health indicators for social determinants of health, chronic disease outcomes, and opioid abuse. 5. Categorize data sources by epidemiologic criteria. 6. Analyze differences between subpopulations and across time trends. 7. Design multisector collaborations that support population health improvement. 8. Outline a plan for population health improvement. 9. Recommend evidence-based interventions based on epidemiologic criteria and community suitability.
Concentration Competencies that PUBHLTH515 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Analyze the focus and function of population health assessments between public health and health care systems across local, state, and national settings PUBHLTH515
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501
Population and Health Sciences MPH Estimate population health indicators from high quality data resources from diverse sources PUBHLTH515, EPID643, NUTR590, BIOSTAT592, BIOSTAT501
Population and Health Sciences MPH Design multisector collaborations that will support all phases of population health improvement (assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation) PUBHLTH515, HBEHED590, HBEHED591, PUBHLTH511
Population and Health Sciences MPH Recommend evidence-based interventions that engage broad and diverse community stakeholders for population health improvement PUBHLTH515, EPID591, NUTR597, PUBHLTH511

PUBHLTH615: Public Health in Action: National

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: An intensive course to prepare students for a culminating week-long practice-based experience designed to address existing and emerging public health priorities as defined by the respective communities and their academic partners. Students will be engaged directly with communities and exposed to the contextual, cultural, political and economic factors impacting health.