Prerequisites: Biostat 501, Biostat 521, Biostat 503 or Biostat 553, and enrollment in Academic Pgm Codes: 02206 or 02207
Description: This course offers and introduction to the principles, concepts, and methods of population-based epidemiologic research. It is intended to be the introductory course for students who are not majoring in Epidemiology and are in the OJOC program. The course will cover the basic principles of epidemiology and the measures used in epidemiology. Epidemiologic study design and analysis will also be covered. Lastly, special topics including outbreak investigation, screening and the role of epidemiology in public health will be covered.
Course Goals: To provide a broad understanding of epidemiological measures and methods.
Competencies: C. 1. Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
C. 2. Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.
C. 3. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
C. 4. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
C. 5. Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
C. 6. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
C. 7. Calculate basic epidemiology measures.
C. 8. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
C. 9. Communicate written epidemiologic information to professional audiences.
C.10. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
C.11. Identify sources of bias that can influence epidemiologic findings.
EPID521 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Public Health Research
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.
Description: EPID 603 is a two-semester seminar course to be taken by OEE, GE, and GHE students in the fall and winter semesters in year one. Students are exposed to various topics such as self-assessment, professional communication, responsible research, and career planning.
EPID811 Critical Appraisal of Epidemiologic Studies
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
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]."