Courses Taught by Dana Dolinoy

EHS660: Environmental Epigenetics and Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 credit hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Dolinoy, Dana (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2021
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course examines principles and applications of epigenetics as they relate to human nutrition, environmental exposures and disease etiology, including mechanisms and policy implications. Case studies evaluate processes using animal and human examples drawn from the literature. Students will be introduced to laboratory methods and emerging technologies for examining epigenetics.
  • This course is cross-listed with NUTR 660 in the NUTR 660 department.

EHS801: Professional Development In Environmental Health Sciences

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 credit hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Dolinoy, Dana (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Professional Development in Environmental Health Sciences is an upper graduate-level course designed for Doctoral Students. Other students and post-doctoral fellows/auditors are welcome, if space allows. The course will cover professional development skills essential to early career success and to prepare students for a professional career in environmental health sciences.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Develop effective job search strategies 2. Develop career appropriate documents (CV, resume, biosketch) 3. Critically assess personal values and their integration into career planning and goal development 4. Compose a narrative around your research interest and career goals 5. Explain and exhibit the underlying concepts around networking 6. Simulate interviewing and negotiation tactics for first career positions in various formats (virtual, in-person)

NUTR590: Epigenetics and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) for online MPH students; Spring-Summer term(s) for online MS students.
  • 2 credit hour(s) for online MPH students; 2 credit hour(s) for online MS students;
  • Instructor(s): Dolinoy, Dana Jansen, Erica (Online MPH); Dolinoy, Dana Jansen, Erica (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Introduction to Epidemiology, college-level biology, genetics or biochemistry
  • Description: In the first part of the course, we will consider how physical growth and maturation from conception through adolescence predict current and later health risk (i.e. the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease hypothesis, or DOHaD). In the second part of the course, we will learn about one of the potential mechanisms underlying the DOHaD hypothesis, which is that early life experiences affect our epigenome - the collection of molecular markers that control our genes' expression. The last portion of the course will culminate in a project that ties part 1 and 2 together. Specifically, you will design an ideal study that incorporates your acquired knowledge on growth assessment and epigenetic methods.
  • Learning Objectives: 1- Use the DOHaD framework to explain how early environments can predict later disease 2- Apply life stage-specific tools to assess growth and development 3- Use nutritional epidemiology perspectives to interpret DOHaD findings 4- Design studies to analyze the role of nutrition in altering growth and development during sensitive periods 5- Define key epigenetic mechanisms and biological phenomena 6- Examine how dietary and environmental factors influence epigenetic mechanisms to affect health status 7 Critically assess epigenetic research in the primary literature 8 Explain the complexity of incorporating epigenetics into population health 9 Articulate potential ethical, policy, and risk assessment ramifications
Concentration Competencies that NUTR590 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Estimate population health indicators from high quality data resources from diverse sources PUBHLTH515, EPID643, NUTR590, BIOSTAT592, BIOSTAT501

NUTR796: Special Topics in Nutritional Sciences