Courses Taught by Jonathan Zelner

EPID592: Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology and GIS for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a second year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 4 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Zelner, Jonathan (Online MPH); Zelner, Jonathan (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • Description: In this class, students will be exposed to the conceptual foundations of spatial analysis in public health and will develop familiarity with spatial data manipulation and visualization using GIS software.’
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Develop familiarity with the historical and conceptual foundations of modern spatial epidemiology. 2. Learn about the different types of spatial data used in epidemiology and public health. 3. Obtain, load, and visualize spatial datasets using ArcGIS Online.
Concentration Competencies that EPID592 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501

EPID684: Theory and applications of spatial epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Zelner, Jonathan (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501 or BIOSTAT 521
  • Advisory Prerequisites: intermediate biostatistics course recommended
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Zelner, Jonathan (Residential);
  • 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.
  • 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.