Epidemiology Courses Taught by C. Leigh Pearce

EPID521: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Public Health Research

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Pearce, C. Leigh
  • Prerequisites: EPID600
  • Description: This course is a practical guide for how to use GIS in your work as a public health professional and will provide an understanding for why incorporating geography into study design is critical to the translation of research findings into effective health policy.
  • Course Goals: Students learn to: -Articulate the relationship between various geographies, community stakeholders and their relevance to study design and translational research -Describe the basic structure of spatial data -Identify and use available sources of GIS data -Gain an introductory comprehension of GIS data management, mapping and analysis -Gain proficiency with using ESRI's ArcGIS -Effectively use GIS products to communicate with stakeholders and translate research findings into health policy recommendations.
  • Competencies: Foundational Competencies: Policy in Public Health (Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes); Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health (Analyze quantitative and Qualitative data using biostatistics, Informatics, Computer-based programming and software, as appropriate).
  • Learning Objectives: Foundational Learning Objective: Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.

EPID603: Professional Development Seminar

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Pearce, C. Leigh
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: EPID 603 is a Winter term course to be taken by OEE, GE, and GHE students in year one. Students are exposed to various topics such as responsible research, ethics, group dynamics, DE&I, and career planning. This course allows GHE, GE, and OEE students to think strategically about their career in Public Health.

EPID811: Critical Appraisal of Epidemiologic Studies

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Lisabeth, Lynda; Pearce, C. Leigh;
  • Prerequisites: Doctoral standing or Perm. Instr.
  • Description: This is an introductory course for doctoral students in the epidemiology Ph.D. program. It will proved a unifying examination of epidemiological constructs and their application to the evaluation of the literature. Topics include: Importance of causal relationships; study designs that can demonstrate and test causation; interpretation of results from causation.

EPID889: Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship Seminar

  • Graduate level
  • Fall, Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Pearce, C. Leigh; Villamor, Eduardo;
  • Last offered Fall 2016
  • Description: This seminar will cover the Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS) training for all incoming EPID PhD students and other individuals who are affiliated with a training grant. The seminar will also expose students to cutting-edge epidemiologic research topics through departmental talks by experts in the field as well as provide additional professional development training. RCRS is defined by National Institutes of Health as "the practice of scientific investigation [and academia] with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research [and academia]."

PUBHLTH512: Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Karvonen-Gutierrez, Carrie; Pearce, C. Leigh;
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH and SPH MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • Description: This course provides a foundation to the principles of epidemiology for applications to public health. This introductory epidemiology course is for students who are NOT pursuing an Epidemiology MPH. The course will overview the fundamental concepts of epidemiology including measures of frequency and association, study design, data collection and interpretation. This course will have a hybrid style (online & in-class) of instruction.
  • Course Goals: At the completion of this course, students should be able to: ? List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program ? Identify and use key sources of publically available data for epidemiologic purposes ? Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population's health ? Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc. ? Explain the role of quantitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population's health ? Participate in the design and implementation of a data collection exercise ? Describe strategies to reduce bias using epidemiologic methods or analytic tools ? Consider basic ethical and scientific principles pertaining to the collection and management of epidemiologic data ? Communicate findings in an appropriate scientific format for public health research, policy or practice ? Read and understand the findings from a peer-reviewed epidemiologic study, and be able to describe the strength and limitations of the study design, execution, and analysis ? Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues and be able to communicate epidemiologic information in a written and oral context.
  • Competencies: Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice Select quantitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context Explain the role of quantitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population's health Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy and practice List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population's health
  • Learning Objectives: At the completion of this course, students should be able to: ? List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program ? Identify and use key sources of publically available data for epidemiologic purposes ? Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population's health ? Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc. ? Explain the role of quantitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population's health ? Participate in the design and implementation of a data collection exercise ? Describe strategies to reduce bias using epidemiologic methods or analytic tools ? Consider basic ethical and scientific principles pertaining to the collection and management of epidemiologic data ? Communicate findings in an appropriate scientific format for public health research, policy or practice ? Read and understand the findings from a peer-reviewed epidemiologic study, and be able to describe the strength and limitations of the study design, execution, and analysis ? Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues and be able to communicate epidemiologic information in a written and oral context.