Epidemiology Courses Taught by Belinda Needham

EPID503: Strategies and Uses of Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Needham, Belinda; Kardia, Sharon; Adar, Sara; Karvonen-Gutierrez, Carrie;
  • Last offered Winter 2018
  • Prerequisites: Biostat 501 or Biostat 521, and Graduate Status
  • Description: This course offers an 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. The course is divided into three primary sections: introduction to the basic principles of epidemiology and the measures used in epidemiology; epidemiologic study design and analysis;special topics that are important to an introductory understanding of epidemiology.
  • Syllabus for EPID503

EPID514: Social Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Needham, Belinda
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: EPID 503 (or equiv), Biostat 503 (or equiv)
  • Description: Considers the uses of epidemiology with emphasis on the social determinants of chronic diseases and premature mortality. Theoretical as well as methodological issues in conducting social epidemiology research are emphasized. Designed for graduate students who have prior familiarity with the basic principles and methods of epidemiologic research.

EPID644: Contemporary Methods

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Needham, Belinda
  • Last offered Fall 2015
  • Prerequisites: EPID 600
  • Description: Overview of contemporary methodologic topics in epidemiology
  • Course Goals: The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to contemporary methods in epidemiologic research. We will discuss conceptual and empirical work on directed acyclic graphs, mediation and effect modification, meta-analysis, systems-based approaches, gene-environment interactions, multi-level modeling, and inverse-probability weighting for selection bias.
  • Competencies: This course will address the following Department of Epidemiology MPH core competencies (List 1-10): 6. Be familiar with the the basic tools of causal inference in epidemiology (e.g. counterfactuals, directed acyclic graphs, fundamental of systems approaches). 7. Understand epidemiologic concepts of causal inference including bias, confounding and effect modification, and be able to apply study design and analytical approaches to minimize, assess or account for them in epidemiologic studies. 9. Demonstrate effective communication of epidemiologic findings in written and oral formats. 10. Be exposed to published epidemiologic studies and be able to critically appraise epidemiological findings.

EPID804: Race and Ethnicity in Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Needham, Belinda
  • Prerequisites: EPID 503 or EPID 600
  • Description: Considers race and ethnicity as determinants of chronic diseases and premature mortality. Theoretical as well as methodologic issues in conducting epidemiologic research on race and ethnicity are emphasized. Designed for doctoral students who have prior familiarity with the basic principles and methods of social epidemiologic research.
  • Syllabus for EPID804