Courses Taught by C. Leigh Pearce

EPID521: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Public Health Research

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Pearce, C. Leigh
  • Prerequisites: EPID600
  • Description: This course is a practical guide for how to use GIS in your work as a public health professional and will provide an understanding for why incorporating geography into study design is critical to the translation of research findings into effective health policy.
  • Course Goals: Students learn to: -Articulate the relationship between various geographies, community stakeholders and their relevance to study design and translational research -Describe the basic structure of spatial data -Identify and use available sources of GIS data -Gain an introductory comprehension of GIS data management, mapping and analysis -Gain proficiency with using ESRI's ArcGIS -Effectively use GIS products to communicate with stakeholders and translate research findings into health policy recommendations.
  • Competencies: Foundational Competencies: Policy in Public Health (Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes); Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health (Analyze quantitative and Qualitative data using biostatistics, Informatics, Computer-based programming and software, as appropriate).
  • Learning Objectives: Foundational Learning Objective: Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.

EPID603: Professional Development Seminar

  • Graduate level
  • Fall, Winter term(s)
  • 1-2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Pearce, C. Leigh
  • Description: EPID 603 is a two-semester seminar course to be taken by OEE, GE, and GHE students in the fall and winter semesters in year one. Students are exposed to various topics such as self-assessment, professional communication, responsible research, and career planning.

EPID811: Critical Appraisal of Epidemiologic Studies

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Lisabeth, Lynda; Pearce, C. Leigh;
  • 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.

EPID889: Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship Seminar

  • Graduate level
  • Fall, Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Pearce, C. Leigh; Villamor, Eduardo;
  • Last offered Fall 2016
  • 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]."