Description: Social epidemiology course with a focus on global population and health trends, health equity, and the social determinants of health in a global context.
Course Goals: The goal of the course is to provide students with an introduction to social determinants of health in the global context. We will focus on (1) global population trends, (2) drivers of changes in health in low- and middle-income countries, and (3) key social determinants that contribute to global health inequity.
Competencies: (1) Identify and describe population patterns of health-related risk factors and health-related outcomes in terms of person, place, and time.
(2) Be familiar with the current major public health issues and be able to identify and evaluate the determinants of these public health issues (e.g., demographic, pathophysiologic, genetic, environmental, infectious, behavioral, and social).
(3) Be exposed to published epidemiologic studies and be able to critically appraise epidemiologic findings.
Description: Advanced epidemiologic methods, with an emphasis on causality in epidemiologic research, theoretical considerations and interpretations of findings.
Course Goals: By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
-Identify models, tools and strategies to strengthen causal inference in epidemiologic studies
-Develop appropriate study designs in light of a specific research question, resources, population, time, and other characteristics
-Analyze and evaluate observational epidemiologic studies with differing designs
-Recognize and remediate issues of biases and validity in epidemiologic studies
-Appreciate broader statistical concerns and alternative methods for epidemiologic research
Competencies: -Critically evaluate and synthesize the scientific literature and develop new hypotheses to address gaps in our knowledge
-Have a mastery of epidemiology study designs and be able to select a design that is appropriate to address a specific study question
-Have a thorough understanding of causal inference, sources of bias, and methods to improve the validity of epidemiologic studies
-Design a research project that addresses an important population health or clinical question, using appropriate epidemiologic methods under constraints confronted in practice
-Employ state-of-the-art statistical and other quantitative methods in the analysis of epidemiologic data
-Provide clear and effective oral communications of epidemiologic concepts, methods, results, and implications to scientists, students, policy makers, and the public
Description: Doctoral seminar to provide guidance to new doctoral candidates as they write their prospectus, and to provide opportunities to practice the presentation modalities of epidemiology through seminars, poster sessions, and oral presentations.