Courses Taught by Staff

BIOSTAT820: Readings in Biostatistics

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Students assigned special topics for literature study under guidance of individual faculty members. May be elected more than once. Enrollment limited to biostatistics majors.

BIOSTAT990: Dissertation/Pre-Candidacy

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: (1-8 Full term, 1-4 Half term)
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted to status as a candidate.

BIOSTAT995: Dissertation Research for Doctorate in Philosophy

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Doctoral Program(1-8 Full term, 1-4 Half term)
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student who has been admitted to status as a candidate.

EHS578: Practical Projects

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Spring-Summer, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Practical Projects in the application of theory and principles of Environmental Health Sciences in public health settings. Course requirements include an approved practical work experience related to Environmental Health Sciences in consultation with a faculty advisor. May be elected more than once. Enrollment limited to Environmental Health Sciences majors with at least two full terms of prior registration.

EHS588: Environmental Law (SNRE 475)

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Introduces students to Environmental Law and the impact of the legal process on decisions that affect the environment. Topics include common law tort actions, toxic tort actions, statutory controls of pollution and other environmentally harmful activities. Additional areas include administrative agency structure and performance, Constitutional rights to environmental quality and more.

EHS651: Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Program Management

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Offered every other year
  • Last offered Winter 2019
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course introduces future leaders of plant and corporate level occupational health, safety and environmental programs to the breadth of functions and activities routinely performed by OHSE managers. Among the topics discussed are: OHSE organization structure and staffing, management systems, program content and metrics, budgeting, risk management, incident investigation and management, emergency preparedness and response, regulatory compliance, legal systems, health and safety culture, and prevention through design processes.
  • Learning Objectives: Students will gain a fundamental understanding of: (1) How OHSE programs are typically organized, the roles and responsibilities of OHSE managers, and expectations of other OHSE stakeholders in the organization. (2) Challenges associated with managing personnel and processes, including dealing with ethical issues, setting goals and measuring performance, hiring and training professionals, and managing consultants. (3) Financial aspects of program management, such as risk management and insurance, budgeting, workers compensation, and legal liability for both corporate activities and products. (4) Incident investigation and management, as well as emergency planning and response management. (5) Regulatory rulemaking, inspections, and compliance management processes.
Concentration Competencies that EHS651 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EHS Industrial Hygiene MPH Describe the relevance of business and managerial practices to workplace health and safety EHS651

EHS697: Readings

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr
  • Description: Supervised study/review of a selected topic in environmental health, occupational health, nutrition and/or toxicology. May be elected more than once for a maximum of six credits.

EHS698: Research

  • Graduate level
  • both Residential and OJOC
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-6 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Original research investigation of a special topic in environmental health, occupational health, nutrition and/or toxicology. May be elected more than once for a maximum of six credits.

EHS699: Master's Thesis

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Perm of Thesis Advisor
  • Description: This course shall be elected by students enrolled in Master's degree programs that require a formal written thesis as a condition of program completion. The thesis shall be defended in front of the student's thesis committee. The course grade will reflect the student's accomplishments relative to the thesis and its defense. The course is to be elected only once.

EHS796: Special Topics in Environmental Health Sciences

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Lecture, seminars and readings selected on a current or emerging topic or theme in the environmental health sciences. The specific material and format will vary by semester and instructor.
Concentration Competencies that EHS796 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EHS Environmental Health Promotion and Policy MPH Analyze policies addressing environmental health issues EHS796

EHS899: Advanced Research

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-6 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Original investigations of a specific topic in environmental health, occupational health, nutrition and/or toxicology. Designed for doctoral students performing research prior to passing their qualifying exam. May be elected more than once.

EHS990: Dissertation/Pre-Candidacy

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral students not yet admitted to status as candidate.

EHS995: Dissertation Research for Doctorate in Philosophy

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral students who have been admitted to status as candidate.

EPID299: Independent Research for Undergraduates

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Students do an independent microbiology research project under the supervision of afaculty member in the Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology program.
  • Learning Objectives: Students learn both specific laboratory techniques and in general how to carryout independent research.

EPID399: Independent Research for Undergraduates

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr. and at least Junior status
  • Description: Students do an independent microbiology research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology program.

EPID525: Clinical and Diagnostic Microbiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2020
  • Prerequisites: At least 1 prior microbiology course or permission of the instructor
  • Description: This course describes methods used by clinical and public health microbiologists to detect clinically relevant microorganisms in patient specimens, and how this information is used in patient management. Students will gain an understanding of processes by which microbiology data is generated and its relevance to clinicians and epidemiologists.

EPID565: Research in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-6 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Offered every year
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Investigation of a selected problem planned and carried out by each student. Pertinent literature, investigational approaches, and progress in the investigations are discussed in seminars. May be taken more than once for up to six credits. Usually taken first for one credit. This is the Capstone Course for Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology Students.

EPID601: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Offered every year
  • Last offered Fall 2020
  • Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in Biostat 523 or equiv; Epid 600 or 503 is recommended but not required
  • Description: Epid 601 is a comprehensive course in the basic concepts, principles, and methods of population-based epidemiologic research, which serves as a foundation for subsequent courses in epidemiology, biomedical research, and quantitative methods. Class topics expand on those covered in Epid 600. Emphasis is given to study design, quantitative measures, statistical analysis, data quality, sources of bias, and causal inference. The general approach of this course is both theoretical and quantitative, focusing on the investigation of disease etiology and other causal relations in public health and medicine.
  • Syllabus for EPID601
Concentration Competencies that EPID601 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EHS Industrial Hygiene MS Analyze, interpret, and apply statistical and epidemiological data PUBHLTH512, EPID601, Thesis
EPID Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology MPH Apply appropriate methods for collecting primary and/or secondary occupational and environmental exposure data and health outcomes for original analysis EPID601

EPID604: Applications of Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Spring-Summer, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
  • Description: Application of epidemiological methods and concepts to analysis of data from epidemiological, clinical or laboratory studies. Introduction to independent research and scientific writing under faculty guidance.
  • Syllabus for EPID604

EPID605: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Offered every year
  • Last offered Fall 2020
  • Prerequisites: EPID 503 or EPID 600
  • Description: Introduction to disease and transmission characteristics, and the descriptive epidemiology of infectious agents. This course will help students to understand the theoretical basis of pathogen transmission and what factors determine patterns of disease occurrence. Students will learn how to apply this understanding to disease prevention and control.
  • Syllabus for EPID605

EPID624: Readings in Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Review of literature on selected subjects under guidance of individual faculty members and through scheduled seminars at which reports are presented. May be elected more than once.

EPID702: Bayesian Perspectives in Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff Little, Roderick (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: courses in basic statistics and standard regression
  • Description: This course provides an introduction to Bayesian methods in epidemiology. Topics include: contrasting the Bayesian and classical approaches to hypothesis testing and interval estimation; strengths and weaknesses of the two paradigms, and when they give similar and dissimilar answers; objective and subjective Bayes; calibrated Bayes, a conceptual approach that combines Bayesian and frequentist ideas; computational tools, including Markov Chain Monte Carlo. the Bayesian approach to some important problems in epidemiology: contingency tables, diagnostic testing, comparison of means, regression, hierarchical models, measurement error, and analysis of data from common study designs.

EPID708: Machine Learning for Epidemiologic Analysis in the Era of Big Data

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Introductory course in statistics as well as courses or working knowledge of basic regressions (linear, logistic, etc.). Having some background in the programming language R preferred.
  • Description: Course focuses on advances in machine learning and its application to causal inference and prediction via Targeted Learning, which allows the use of machine learning algorithms for prediction and estimating so-called causal parameters, such as average treatment effects, optimal treatment regimes, etc. We will discuss implementation via cloud computing.

EPID712: Epidemiology of Oral Diseases and their Role in General Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: Participants in this course will learn about the measurement and epidemiology of oral diseases and their extensive impact on quality of life. The course will illustrate the use of epidemiologic approaches to describe oral manifestations of systemic diseases and systemic manifestations of oral diseases as well as the financial and human costs of dental care. The need for patient-centered, interprofessional collaboration approaches will be discussed. The course will emphasize the evaluation of population and clinical scientific evidence in oral health epidemiology.

EPID719: Quantitative Methods in Genetic Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Ruiz-Narvaez, Edward Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: EPID 701 or EPID 503 or EPID 600 or EPID 601 AND EPID 709 or BIOSTAT 501 or BIOSTAT 521
  • Description: This course familiarizes students with methods and principles of genetic and epigenetic epidemiology. The course integrates concepts in human genetics, population genetics, epidemiology and biostatistics. The course will emphasize applications of existing methods. Topics to be included are population genetics, gene-environment interaction, genetic and epigenetic association studies, and social epigenomics.

EPID720: Applied Mediation Analysis

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: The course will approach concepts and methods for mediation from the perspective of the counterfactual framework. Mediation analysis quantifies the extent to which the effect of an exposure on some outcome is mediated through a particular intermediate and the extent to which it is direct or through other pathways. Definitions, identification results and statistical techniques related to mediation analysis will be covered. The course will clarify the assumptions required for the estimation of direct and indirect effect and will extend the approach to mediation typically employed in epidemiology and the social sciences to settings with interactions, non-linearities, and time-varying exposures. Prerequisite: Familiarity with regression analysis and potential outcomes.
  • Learning Objectives: 1.To understand the assumptions of a counterfactual frame in formulating mediation analyses questions 2.To identify different types of causal effects (e.g. total, direct, indirect) and their mathematical relations with each other 3.To correctly specify regression models in conducting mediation analyses 2.To master the use of statistical software code to conduct mediation analyses and the interpretation of output

EPID721: Applied Sensitivity Analyses In Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Introductory epidemiology. Introductory biostatistics or introduction to generalized linear models. Working knowledge of a general statistical software like SAS, Stata or R
  • Advisory Prerequisites: An introductory course on causal inference (e.g. EPID 780) is highly recommended
  • Description: This course introduces how to think about and conduct sensitivity analyses for uncontrolled confounding, selection bias and measurement error in epidemiologic studies. The course will demonstrate the intuition behind the separate and combined consequences of these sources of bias on estimating and inferring causal effects. It will provide practical quantitative skills for assessing the sensitivity of analytical results to these biases in order to aid credible causal modeling and inference using empirical epidemiologic studies
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Learn to articulate the different of impact of uncontrolled confounding, selection bias and measurement error separately and in combination. 2. Learn to depict visually these sources of bias and understand their impact using causal diagrams. 3. Learn to conduct quantitative bias analyses including multiple-bias modeling. 4. Learn to reason about and obtain bias parameters for sensitivity analyses. 5. Learn to apply and interpret probabilistic sensitivity analyses in epidemiologic studies.

EPID722: Medical Product Epidemiology and Global Regulation

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course addresses the use and effects of medical products -These products are regulated worldwide. These regulatory requirements have stimulated the need for data and varied studies on very large populations to establish the safety of the products and the concomitant conditions that help determine their safety and effectiveness.

EPID743: Applied Linear Regression

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: Intro Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Perm. Instr
  • Description: This course is an introduction to the most powerful analysis technique in statistics: linear regression. This course discusses the applications of linear regression models to medical research and public health data. We will focus on the two major goals of linear models: (1) Explanation: the estimation of associations, and (2) Prediction: the use of models to predict subject outcomes, as with diagnostic tests. Specific topics include graphical exploratory data analysis, assumptions behind simple and multiple linear regression, use of categorical explanatory variables, identification of appropriate transformations of explanatory and/or outcome variables, assessment of predictor/outcome associations through hypothesis testing, identification of confounding and effect modification, assessment of model fit, and model selection techniques.

EPID762: Analysis of Complex Sample Survey Data

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: . A first course in survey sampling or research methods and a basic understanding of sampling concepts such as stratification, cluster sampling and weighting is required.
  • Description: This course will present a practical overview of modern techniques for analyzing survey data in a way that accounts for the complex features of the sample design that gave rise to the sample of units that was ultimately surveyed

EPID780: Applied Epidemiologic Analysis For Causal Inference

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: students should have at least one basic epidemiology course with a working knowledge of regression and other standard statistical methodology common in basic epidemiological analysis.
  • Advisory Prerequisites: EPID 701 or EPID 503 or EPID 600 or EPID 601 AND EPID 709 or BIOSTAT 501 or BIOSTAT 521
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course focuses on concepts and application of potential outcomes for the estimation of causal parameters in epidemiologic research. Emphasis is on understanding the causal quantities, specifying the corresponding models, and interpreting the resulting estimates. Some simple code in Stata will be shown throughout, but no specific software background is required.

EPID793: Complex Systems Modeling for Public Health Research

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course will provide an introduction to two major complex systems science modeling techniques with wide applicability to public health. We will cover an introductory overview of complex systems modeling in general, and systems dynamics and agent-based modeling in particular. We will discuss model applications, best practices, and more advanced practical topics such as team-building, computation, funding, and publication. We will provide extensive hands-on lab experience during each section of the course. At the completion of the course the student will be able to explain current and potential future roles of complex systems science in public health, describe the respective advantages/disadvantages of each method covered, and will be expected to produce a draft proposal for applying one of the two system science methods to a particular problem. Students will become informed consumers of complex systems research, will be prepared to actively participate in interdisciplinary teams using the modeling techniques, and will be well positioned to incorporate systems science methods into their own research. Prerequisite: Relevant background in public health.

EPID799: Qualitative Methods for Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: This course provides an overview of qualitative research methods that can complement and enhance epidemiologic studies. It is useful for epidemiologists interested in understanding the social, cultural and behavioral aspects of public health issues within communities. Students will learn how to integrate qualitative methods into epidemiology research and how to select appropriate qualitative methods. Sessions will cover: principles of qualitative research, study design, participant recruitment, data collection methods (interviews, group discussion, and observation), writing and presenting qualitative research and assessing research quality. The course uses participatory learning activities to build core skills. The course is valuable for public health professionals, staff at government and non-government agencies focusing on health and disease, graduate students and researchers. Skills learnt in this course will be valuable for conducting epidemiology research and evaluating qualitative research components in funding proposals, projects and publications.

EPID891: Advanced Readings in Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Students will review assigned readings on the epidemiology or natural history of specific infections or chronic diseases or on host or environmental factors associated with disease, or on epidemiological methods and their application. May be elected more than once

EPID990: Dissertation Research/Pre-Candidate

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: For students who have NOT reached candidacy yet.

EPID995: Dissertation Research/Candidate

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Last offered Winter 2015
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student who has been admitted to status as a candidate

HBEHED578: Practical Projects

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Spring-Summer, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Practical projects in the application of theory and principles of Health Behavior and Health Education to individual and community-based public health settings. Course requirements include an approved practical project related to Health Behavior and Health Education in consultation with a faculty advisor. THE EXPERIENCE IS REPORTED IN AN INTEGRATIVE PAPER DEMONSTRATING THE SCIENTIFIC APPLICATION OF HBHE THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES TO THE PRACTICAL PROJECT. May be elected more than once. Enrollment limited to Health Behavior and Health Education majors with at least two full terms of prior registration.

HBEHED625: Research in Health Behavior

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Spring-Summer, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Inst.
  • Description: Individual work on a problem in the area of health behavior relevant to program effectiveness in public health, under the tutorial guidance of an appropriate staff member. Regular conferences are arranged to discuss research designs, proposed problem solutions, methods for data collection and analysis. The investigation is reported in a paper, which may be submitted for publication. May be elected more than once.

HBEHED644: Readings in Health Behavior and Health Education

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Spring-Summer, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-6 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Review of literature on selected topics in health behavior, health education or related areas under guidance of faculty member. Critical analysis; written and oral reports. May be taken more than once for a total not to exceed 6 credit hours.

HBEHED710: Special MPH Topics in Health Behavior and Health Education

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-6 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Not offered 2020-2021
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: Master's level seminar designed to provide an extensive review of a number of substantive and methods and skill areas in health behavior and health education. Readings, discussion and assignments are organized around issues of mutual interest to faculty and students. Reviews and reports on topics required in the areas selected. May be elected more than once.

HBEHED900: Research in Health Behavior and Health Education

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Spring-Summer, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 2-6 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Research work undertaken by doctoral students in collaboration with faculty advisers, including participation in on-going departmental research activities. Open only to doctoral students in Health Behavior and Health Education. May be elected more than once.

HBEHED990: Dissertation/Pre-Candidate

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Half Term (IIIA or IIIB, 1-4 credits) Election for dissertation work by doctoral students in Health Behavior and Health Education who are not yet admitted to status as a candidate.

HBEHED995: Dissertation Research for Doctorate in Philosophy

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Half Term (IIIA or IIIB, 1-4 credits) Election for dissertation work by doctoral students admitted to status as candidate.

HMP603: Organization and Management of Healthcare Systems

  • Graduate level
  • Both Residential and Online MPH
  • This is a second year course for Online students
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MPH students;
  • 2-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students
  • Instructor(s): Rubyan, Michael Staff (Residential); Rubyan, Michael (Online MPH);
  • Offered every year
  • Prerequisites: HMP Masters Standing or Perm Instr
  • Description: Focuses on servant and transformational leadership from the perspective of buyers, insurers, policy makers and leaders of nonprofit health organizations to understand how to deliver high quality, cost effective health care and reach and implement decisions about future activities and the best managerial practices for non-profit advocacy and community-based organizations.
Concentration Competencies that HMP603 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
HMP MPH Develop strategies to continually improve the long-term success and viability of an organization, based on an analysis of the business, demographic, ethno-cultural, political, and regulatory implications of decisions HMP603, HMP604

HMP630: Business of Biology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • This course is cross-listed with BA 518 in the Business Administration department.

HMP646: Leadership Development

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff Killaly, Catherine (Residential);
  • Not offered 2020-2021
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Reviews theoretical foundations and models of leadership. Fosters students' insight into their leadership potential, experiences, and skills. Uses self-assessment exercises, guest speakers, role-plays, and other activities to stimulate student learning. Students are expected to have developed their own comprehensive leadership and career development plan by the end of the course.

HMP648: Evaluation & Research Methods for Health informatics and Learning Systems

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff Friedman, Charles (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: This course provides a foundational introduction to empirical methods, both quantitative and qualitative, that are applicable to health informatics and learning health systems, and that support both evaluation and research studies.
  • This course is cross-listed with HMP 648 in the LHS660/SI648 department.

HMP653: Law and Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Grad Status
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: The purposes of this course are to examine the legal context of the relationship between the individual and the community, and to understand public health regulation in the context of a market-driven system. The goals of the course are for students to understand generally: constitutional authority and limits on governmental intervention in public health (i.e., individual rights vs. society's rights); the functions of and interactions between courts, legislatures, and regulators; how law will affect students as strategic thinkers in public health positions; how to recognize legal issues and communicate with attorneys; and the process of public health regulation and potential legal barriers to public health intervention strategies. Specific topics will vary, but will usually include: the nature and scope of public health authority; constitutional constraints on public health initiatives; tobacco control; youth violence; injury prevention; the spread of communicable disease; and regulating environmental risk. This class can be taken as an elective, in fulfillment of the law/politics requirement, or as a BIC requirement.
  • Syllabus for HMP653
Concentration Competencies that HMP653 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
HMP MPH Use legal reasoning as a tool for analysis, communication, strategy and planning HMP653

HMP669: Database Systems and Internet Applications in Health Care

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Not offered 2020-2021
  • Prerequisites: Grad status
  • Description: This course covers relation database theory and database-web systems with applications to health care. The students are expected to develop a working knowledge of design, implementation, administration and maintenance of small to medium relational database systems. The students will also be exposed to current technology for deployment, use and administration of relational databases through the Internet.
  • Syllabus for HMP669

HMP680: Special Topics in Health Management and Policy

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: Lecture, seminars and readings selected on a current or emerging topic or theme in health, management and policy. The specific material and format will vary by semester and instructor.

HMP681: Special Topics in Health Management and Policy

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Dotson, Ebbin Creary, Melissa Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Lecture, seminars and readings selected on a current or emerging topic or theme in health, management and policy. The specific material and format will vary by semester and instructor.
  • Learning Objectives: Will vary by topic and instructor.

HMP690: Readings in Health Management and Policy

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Grad Status and Perm Instr
  • Description: Directed readings or research on selected topics and problems relevant to health management and policy. May be elected more than once.

HMP694: MS-HSR Thesis Analysis and Presentation

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Not offered 2020-2021
  • Prerequisites: MS-HSR second year degree status
  • Description: The student will produce a thesis, based on independent research (with guidance and mentoring from HMP faculty), to be completed in the second year. The thesis must present original research, as opposed to a literature review or some sort of "thought piece" or opinion statement. The research can involve analysis of primary or secondary data, and the analysis involved can be either qualitative or quantitative. The only requirement is that the thesis involve some sort of data analysis to answer one or more research questions of interest to health services or health policy research.

HMP833: Research Topics in Sociology and Health Care Organization

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: HMP doctoral students or P.I.
  • Description: HSOP Program requirements. A topic in sociology and health care organization-policy is selected each term for detailed critical, theoretical, and methodological analysis leading to development, in class, of propositions aimed at advancing scientific status of the area of inquiry. Analysis and development of content follows logic of the research paradigm. Required of students with a sociology cognate in the doctoral program in Health Services Organization and Policy

HMP835: Research Practicum

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 3-6 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: HMP 809, Perm Instr
  • Description: The purpose of this course is to allow each student, early in his or her doctoral career, to gain experience in the actual performance of health services research. The experience will enable students to build sound research skills and to gain knowledge of the nature of inquiry in their discipline as well as in the field of health services research. Each student in the HSOP program is expected to elect a total of 6 credits in HMP 835.
Concentration Competencies that HMP835 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
HMP Health Services Organization and Policy PhD Critically evaluate the prior literature in health services organization and policy, including motivation, theory, data quality, methods, results, conclusions, and policy recommendations HMP803-806, HMP802, HMP835
HMP Health Services Organization and Policy PhD Develop research questions grounded in theory to expand knowledge about health services organization and policy HMP803-806, HMP802, HMP835
HMP Health Services Organization and Policy PhD Create a rigorous study design to test the research questions posed and to understand the strengths and limitations of that study design HMP826, HMP809, HMP835, HMP809
HMP Health Services Organization and Policy PhD Apply advanced quantitative and/or qualitative methods appropriate for health services organization and policy research appropriately in one's own research HMP826, HMP835
HMP Health Services Organization and Policy PhD Disseminate rigorous research findings through clear, persuasive written and oral communication to both peers and non-technical audiences. HMP826, HMP835

HMP990: Dissertation/Precandidates

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Spring-Summer, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral students not yet admitted to status as candidate.

HMP995: Dissertation Research for Doctorate in Philosophy

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Spring-Summer, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral students admitted as candidates

NUTR578: Practical Projects

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Practical Projects is the application of theory and principles of Nutritional Sciences to individual community-based public health settings. Course requirements include an approved practical project related to Nutritional Sciences in consultation with a faculty advisor. The experience is documented in an integrative paper demonstrating the scientific application of NS theories and principles to the practical project. May be elected more than once. Enrollment is limited to NS students with at least two full terms completed prior to registration.

NUTR697: Readings in Nutritional Sciences

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Supervised study/review of a selected topic in nutritional sciences. May be elected more than once for a maximum of six credits.

NUTR698: Research in Nutritional Sciences

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-6 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Original research investigation of a special topic in nutritional sciences.

NUTR699: Masters Thesis in Nutritional Sciences

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Perm of Thesis Advisor
  • Description: This course shall be elected by students enrolled in Master's degree programs that require a formal written thesis as a condition of program completion. The thesis shall be defended in front of the student's thesis committee. The course grade will reflect the student's accomplishments relative to the thesis and its defense. The course is to be elected only once.

NUTR796: Special Topics in Nutritional Sciences

NUTR899: Advanced Research in Nutritional Sciences

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-6 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Must be a PhD student in Nutritional Sciences
  • Description: Original investigations of a specific research topic in Nutritional Sciences. Designed for doctoral students performing research prior to passing their qualifying exams. Students will complete two separate rotations with faculty members for a minimum of 1 credit each. This course may be elected more than once.

NUTR990: Dissertation Research/Pre-Candidate

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Nutritional Sciences Doctoral Student
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral students not yet admitted to status as a candidate.
Concentration Competencies that NUTR990 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
NUTR Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition PhD Create a rigorous study design to test a research question based on a critical evaluation of prior literature NUTR990, NUTR995, NUTR830
NUTR Nutritional Interventions PhD Create a rigorous intervention study design to test a research question based on a critical evaluation of prior literature NUTR990, NUTR995, Preliminary Exam

NUTR995: Dissertation Research for Doctorate in Philosophy

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-8 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Nutritional Sciences Doctoral Student
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student who has been admitted to status as a candidate
Concentration Competencies that NUTR995 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
NUTR Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition PhD Create a rigorous study design to test a research question based on a critical evaluation of prior literature NUTR990, NUTR995, NUTR830
NUTR Nutritional Interventions PhD Create a rigorous intervention study design to test a research question based on a critical evaluation of prior literature NUTR990, NUTR995, Preliminary Exam

PUBHLTH411: Making Change: Experiential Learning in Effective Public Health Policy Advocacy

  • Undergraduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Martin, Jenifer Staff (Residential);
  • Not offered 2020-2021
  • Prerequisites: No enforced prereq. This course is a corequisite to PUBHLTH 410 - students who elect this course must also be enrolled in PUBHLTH 410.
  • Description: In this course, students will apply knowledge obtained in Professor Wolfson's course to a current state policy issue pending in Lansing. Students will gain strong written and verbal communication skills by developing an advocacy strategy, preparing written materials, and meeting with policymakers in Lansing to advance their policy goal.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Appraise the political landscape and stakeholders that are important for making policy change on a given public health topic. 2. Apply principles of policy-making, policy change theory, and policy advocacy to real life public health problems. 3. Effectively advocate for public health change at the local, state and federal level. 4. Develop strong written and verbal communication skills. 5. Define and frame public health problems in such a way that inspires policy change. 6. Analyze the legislative, administrative and judicial intervention points for policymaking and identify where to effectively target advocacy efforts. 7. Identify and evaluate advocacy strategies, such as coalition building, grassroots engagement, and paid and earned media outreach, in order to create specific advocacy campaigns. 8. Develop personal and communication skills to effectively translate and advocate for public health improvements to policymakers, the press and the public.

PUBHLTH460: Introduction to Bacterial Pathogenesis

  • Undergraduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Pubhlth 370 or Bio 207, AND Pubhlth 311 or Bio 305
  • Description: Microbial structures and their relation to basic mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis; structure, function, and genetics of bacterial toxins; and host resistance and immunity. Discussions of pathogenic organisms of major public health importance, diseases caused, and their epidemiology.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Understand the role played by bacteria in human health and disease. 2. Understand how genetic transfer mechanisms can lead to bacteria with increased virulence and antibiotic resistance. 3. Understand how bacterial toxins and other virulence factors help bacteria cause disease. 4. Understand public health approaches to preventing bacterial diseases. 5. Understand how antibiotics kill bacteria and how bacteria become resistant to them.
  • This course is cross-listed with Epid 460 in the Epidemiology, SPH department.
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH460

PUBHLTH477: Readings in Public Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Review of literature or directed readings on selected topic related to one or more areas of public health.
  • Learning Objectives: By the end of the term, students should be able to find and appropriately interpret and critically evaluate the findings in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

PUBHLTH478: Practical Projects in Public Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Practical projects allows undergraduate students to explore community-based public health settings. Project must be related to public health practice and developed in consultation with a faculty advisor. Students will write an integrative paper analyzing the organization's role in the public health system and critically reflecting on their experience.
  • Learning Objectives: As part of this course students will consider the following concepts: 1. Health promotion at a population level 2. Community dynamics and the cultural context in which public health professionals work 3. Organizational structure and dynamics, including the organization's role in the public health system 4. How to operate professionally in a public health organization (including but not limited to: personal work ethic, professionalism, teamwork, and leadership)

PUBHLTH479: Independent Research in Public Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Students conduct independent research on a specific public health topic under the supervision of a public health faculty member.
  • Learning Objectives: After completing this course, students will: 1. Understand how to form a research question; 2. Be able to identify relevant literature or data sources to address a research question; 3. Better understand the role of data in understanding public health problems.

PUBHLTH615: Public Health in Action: National

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: An intensive course to prepare students for a culminating week-long practice-based experience designed to address existing and emerging public health priorities as defined by the respective communities and their academic partners. Students will be engaged directly with communities and exposed to the contextual, cultural, political and economic factors impacting health.

PUBHLTH616: Public Health in Action: International

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Permission by Instructor
  • Description: An intensive course to prepare students for a culminating week-long international practice-based experience designed to address existing and emerging public health priorities as defined by the respective communities and their academic partners. Students will be engaged directly and exposed to the contextual, cultural, political and economic factors impacting health.

PUBHLTH741: Interdisciplinary Problem Solving

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Advisory Prerequisites: graduate standing
  • Description: "Interdisciplinary Problem Solving" is a course offered at the Law School through the Problem Solving Initiative (PSI). Through a team-based, experiential, and interdisciplinary learning model, small groups of U-M graduate and professional students work with faculty to explore and offer solutions to emerging, complex problems.
  • Learning Objectives: Will vary term to term
  • This course is cross-listed with LAW741/PUBPOL710/SW741 in the Law School, Public Policy, Social Work department.

PUBHLTH796: Special Topics in Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter, Spring-Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1-5 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Staff (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: This course will be used by faculty members to teach special or emerging topics related to Public Health. The specific material and format will vary by semester and instructor.
  • Learning Objectives: Will vary by topic and instructor.