Courses Taught by Alexis Handal

EPID608: Environmental Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 credit hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Handal, Alexis (Residential);
  • Offered Every Winter
  • Last offered Winter 2022
  • 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

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): Handal, Alexis (Residential);
  • Offered Every Winter
  • Last offered Winter 2021
  • 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