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Graduate Epidemiology (EPI)

The minimum prerequisite for 50000-69999 level courses is graduate standing. The minimum prerequisite for courses 70000 and higher is doctoral standing. Additional prerequisites may apply and are listed in this catalog.

50196 Individual Investigation in Epidemiology (1-3)
Individual graduate investigation or research in areas related to epidemiology. Repeated registration permitted for a maximum of 6 credit hours. IP permissible. Prerequisite: special approval.

52017 Fundamentals of Public Health Epidemiology (3)

Introduces principles, methods, and application of epidemiology. Covers the history of epidemiology, concepts of disease causation and prevention, measures of disease frequency and excessive risk, epidemiologic study designs, causal inference, outbreak investigation and screening. Provides experience with calculation of rate standardization, measures of disease frequency, association, and impact, and sensitivity and specificity of screening tests. Highlights applications of epidemiology to understanding of disease etiology, transmission, pathogenesis, and prevention, evaluation and public policy development.

63014  Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3)
With a life course approach to chronic disease epidemiology, this course focuses on cardiovascular, respiratory, cerebrovascular diseases and cancer. Health and disease are addressed from a multicausal perspective which includes individual behaviors, psychosocial issues, and sociodemographic, biological, and physiological factors. Time points for prevention and intervention are identified.

63015 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
Surveys the history, principles, methods and practice of infectious disease epidemiology, by (1) defining and understanding infectious disease epidemiology surveys, (2) collecting and measuring surveillance data, (3) interpreting epidemiology data and (4) predicting evidence-based outcomes. Primarily a course in epidemiology. Students learn some infectious disease microbiology as well. Prerequisite: EPI 52017.

63016 Principles of Epidemiologic Research (3)

Builds on the fundamental epidemiology course to explore deeper the concepts and methods in epidemiologic research.  Reviews the measures of disease frequency, association and impact, and epidemiologic reasoning and causal inference, and covers methods and techniques for designing, implementing, analyzing, and interpreting various epidemiologic study designs. Discusses advantages and limitations of various study designs and explores threats to validity, precision, and generalizability of epidemiologic studies. Prerequisites: BST 52019 and EPI 52017.

63017/83017 Epidemiological Analysis (3)

Provides practical instruction in the analysis and interpretation of data from various epidemiologic study designs including cross-sectional, case-control and cohort studies. Reviews statistical concepts and epidemiologic studies designs, outlines a strategy for data analysis and reviews relevant methodologic issues and applies stratified analysis methods and multivariable regression models to the studies. Develops an understanding of the underlying principles and assumptions, practical application, and correct interpretation of the epidemiologic results. Provides hands on experience on the application of epidemiologic analysis methods and presentation of the results. Prerequisites: BST 52019; and EPI 52017 and 63016.

72028 Methods of Evidence Based Public Health (3)
Explores tools and techniques used to quantitatively determine the effectiveness of public health interventions in the social sciences.

73024 Emerging Issues in Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3)
Covers emerging chronic disease issues on a global level and students understand the life course approach to chronic disease epidemiology. Putative factors and infectious agents are examined as causes of chronic disease and chronic syndromes. Issues related to screening and surveillance will be understood. Students appreciate issues pertaining to study design, modeling, and data analysis in life course epidemiology of chronic disease.

73025 Emerging Issues in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)

Investigates global emerging and reemerging infectious diseases. Students evaluate root causes of infectious disease emergence and predict outcomes. Data from primary literature is used to predict alternate outcomes. Specific disease models are used to evaluate and compare prevention, treatment and eradication strategies.

73026 Design and Implementation of Health Surveys (3)
Covers survey design, variable construction, survey administration and data collection methods, variable coding and manipulation, and data analysis. Students will understand sampling methods, and sample size. Large health surveys are discussed. Students gain practical experience through design and implementation of a health survey which can be used to facilitate dissertation research or a publication.

73027 Biological Basis of Public Health (3)
Integrates the sciences of biology and molecular biology into the principles and practice of public health. Implicit in this course are learning objectives that establish the ecology of infectious disease, the impact of vaccines in disease prevention, and the role of environmental toxins on human health and disease. Additionally, students propose policy, regulations and legislation designed to protect human health within the realm of personalized medicine.

73029 Public Health Surveillance Systems (3)

Introduces students to surveillance systems of both infectious and non-infectious diseases as well as intentional and non-intentional injury. Students are exposed to the theory and practice of surveillance illustrated with examples existing systems from around the world. Culminates in a project where the student creates and evaluates a surveillance system of their own design.

73033 Environmental Epidemiology (3)

Comprehensive course on concepts in environmental epidemiology and statistical methods in environmental epidemiology including causal inference models.

73034 Longitudinal Data Analysis (3)

Statistical techniques for analyzing longitudinal, or repeated measures, data. Focuses primarily on application of the various statistical models covered, with direct application illustrated using standard statistical software. Topics covered include univariate and multivariate analysis of variance for repeated measures, mixed-effects models (HLM or multilevel models), covariance pattern models, generalized estimating equations (GEE), mixed-effects logistic regression models and missing data in longitudinal studies.