Courses Taught by Zhenhua Yang

EPID513: Vaccine in Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Yang, Zhenhua
  • 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.

EPID609: Vaccines in Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Yang, Zhenhua
  • 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.

EPID680: Hospital Epidemiology I

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Yang, Zhenhua
  • 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

PUBHLTH407: Links between Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases

  • Undergraduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Yang, Zhenhua
  • Prerequisites: PUBHLTH370 (or equivalent)
  • Advisory Prerequisites: an introductory microbiology and immunology course or an introductory infectious disease course and an introductory non-communicable disease course.
  • Description: This course introduces the students to the etiology, pathogenesis, and the evolution of epidemiology of major infectious and non-communicable diseases. It discusses the links between major infectious and non-communicable diseases, including epidemiological evidence, the underlying mechanisms, and their public health implications.
  • Course Goals: The goals of this course are: 1) to introduce the students to the epidemiological transition of major human diseases, 2) to develop an appreciation for the convergence of infectious and non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries and for the links between infectious and non-infectious diseases, and 3) to understand the public health challenges and implications of the infectious and non-communicable disease connections.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Gain an understanding of the international statistical classification of diseases and related health problems. 2. Describe the etiology, history, pathogenesis, and evolution of major infectious and non-infectious diseases in different populations. 3. Review epidemiological evidence for links between major infectious and non-communicable diseases 4. Identify methodologies required for studying links between infectious and non-communicable diseases and for exploring the underlying mechanisms of such links. 5. Discuss the public health implications of epidemiological transitions of human diseases and the infectious and non-communicable disease links.
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH407

PUBHLTH413: Vaccines in Public Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Yang, Zhenhua
  • Prerequisites: PUBHLTH370 or EPID512
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Introductory Infectious Disease Courses
  • 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.
  • Course Goals:
    1. To introduces the students to the history and evolution of vaccinology, and the principles and methods of epidemiology, statistics, microbiology, immunology, and genetics used in vaccine development and immunization program design.
    2. To introduce the students to the general procedures for new vaccine development and licensure, including the different phases of clinical trials of new vaccines.
    3. To introduces the students to the concepts of population transmission dynamics, and the impact of pathogen and human population genetic diversity on vaccine development.
    4. To expose the students to the new frontiers of vaccines - development of vaccines for major types of non-infectious diseases.
  • Learning Objectives:
    1. To gain an understanding of how new knowledge generated from epidemiological studies from different populations, basic biomedical science research, and health policy assessment, along with the development of new technology, can jointly inform and impact the development of new vaccines for the prevention of different types of diseases, including both infectious and non-infectious diseases.
    2. to be familiar with the essential steps involved in developing a new vaccine.
    3. to understand important factors that affect the efficacy, effectiveness, and the public acceptance of vaccination.
  • This course is cross-listed with EPID 513 in the Epidemiology Department department.
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH413