Courses Taught by Jonathan Zelner

EPID684 Theory and applications of spatial epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Zelner, Jonathan
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501 or BIOSTAT 521
  • 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.
  • Course Goals: This course is meant to introduce graduate students to the logic of spatial analysis in epidemiology and public health. By the end of the course, students will understand when spatial analysis is necessary, and common issues of causal inference with spatial data (e.g. ecological fallacies). Students will become familiar with the different ways spatial analysis is employed in different sub-fields of epidemiology and public health, ranging from chronic and infectious disease to mental and cognitive health and in the assessment of environmental exposure.
  • Competencies: 1. Apply systems thinking to a public health issue. 2. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.
  • 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.

PUBHLTH405 Social history of infectious disease

  • Undergraduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Zelner, Jonathan
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: We will focus on five specific pathogens that have had an outsize impact on the trajectory of human health and societies: Cholera, Polio, Tuberculosis, Influenza, and HIV.
  • Course Goals: This course is meant to help students develop a broad perspective on infectious diseases. By the end of the term, students should be familiar with a broad array of infectious diseases and the differences in mechanisms of transmission between them. Students will also become familiar with the ways in which the biological underpinnings of disease - at both the host and pathogen level - intersect with the social and environmental conditions that often facilitate transmission. Students will also learn about key historical events in the history of infectious disease epidemiology, including the 1866 London Cholera Epidemic, the 1918 influenza pandemic, the discovery of the Polio vaccine (as well as the role of UM SPH in evaluating the efficacy of the vaccine), and the emergence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
  • Competencies: Not applicable.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Understand the concept of infectious disease "natural history" of infection. 2. Understand and enumerate key infectious diseases in human history. 3. Understand the key social and historical mechanisms underlying the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases.