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.
EPID643: Surveillance and Publicly Available Datasets
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.
Course Goals: The goal of this course is to learn about what datasets are publicly available as well as how to access them and conduct analyses using them.
Competencies: After completing this class, students are expected to be able to attain the following Epidemiology Department MPH competencies:
-Be familiar with basic aspects of field methods in epidemiology (e.g. human subject protection, data collection and management, survey design, sampling strategies, calculating power, and public health surveillance).
-Calculate and interpret measures of event frequency (e.g. prevalence, incidence) an measures of association (e.g. odds ratio, relative risk, attributable risk) and be able to articulate the uses and limitations of these measures.
-Understand and be able to apply analytical approaches to data from different epidemiologic study designs (e.g. cross-sectional, cohort, randomized studies).
-Demonstrate effective communication of epidemiologic findings in written and oral formats.
PUBHLTH401: Exploring the public health spectrum of cancer: from prevention to survivorship
Description: The course will review the socio-demographic magnitude of cancer in the US and globally, basic concepts of cancer biology and the causes of cancer. Major risk factors such as tobacco and obesity will be discussed. Students will be introduced to the concepts of prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship.
Course Goals: Be familiar with the socio-demographic magnitude of cancer in the US and globally, basic concepts of cancer biology and the causes of cancer. Be able to identify major risk factors for cancer such as tobacco and obesity. Be familiar with the concepts of prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship. Understand the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of cancer. Understand the role of the environment and social determinants of health in cancer.
Competencies: 1. Describe the socio-demographic magnitude of cancer in the US including racial/ethnic disparities.
2. Describe the socio-demographic magnitude of cancer globally; be able to compare and contrast cancer in developed vs. developing countries.
3. Describe the basic concepts of cancer biology.
4. Describe the causes of cancer.
5. Identify major risk factors for cancer such as tobacco and obesity.
6. Describe the role of the environment and social determinants in cancer.
7. Describe primary, secondary, and tertiary cancer prevention efforts.
8. Explain the role of screening in cancer prevention.
9. Describe the basic concepts of the current state of cancer treatment.
10. Describe how epidemiologic methods are applied in the study of cancer.
11. Describe the current state of epidemiologic research for several major cancer sites.
12. Discuss the psychosocial issues surrounding cancer survivorship.