Epidemiology

Courses

EPI 500 Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics I 3.0 Credits

This course is the first in the 4 graduate-level course sequence of epidemiology and biostatistics for epidemiology majors. It presents the basic principles, concepts, skills and methodologies utilized by both disciplines. Particular emphasis is placed on study design, measures of association, hypothesis testing and the consideration and choice of appropriate methods of data analysis. Students will also receive introductory instruction and experience in appropriate statistical software, conducting relevant data analysis and presentation activities linked to lecture content.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EPI 501 Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics II 4.0 Credits

This course is the second in the 4 graduate-level course sequence of epidemiology and biostatistics for epidemiology majors. It builds upon the first, expanding the topics of study design and statistical inference and hypothesis testing. Focus and emphasis are placed on issues related to the design, analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic studies: confounding, bias, and multivariate statistical analysis. Students will continue to receive instruction and experience in appropriate statistical software, conducting relevant data analysis and presentation activities linked to lecture content.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 500 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 550 Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology 3.0 Credits

This course addresses theoretical and practical aspects of conducting survey research in human populations. We will discuss various types of self-report data, including questions to assess knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and perceived health and well-being. Design issues include wording of items and response scales, sampling, and respondent and staff burden. Implementation issues include methods of administration, interviewer training, and participant recruitment. Analysis issues include data processing, psychometric measurement (scaling, reliability), missing data, and basic descriptive statistics. Interpretive issues include guidelines for reports and manuscripts. The primary focuses of this course are observational study designs using probability and non-probability sampling.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 501 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 551 Epidemiology of Cancer 3.0 Credits

This course will provide students with training in the methods and topics specific to the epidemiology of cancer. Students will learn about cancer surveillance, etiologic studies, therapy trials, and prevention/screening studies of cancer.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 552 Epidemiology for Public Health Practice 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of qualitative and quantitative epidemiology in public health practice, with an emphasis on the practical application of epidemiological methods in public health, primary healthcare, and community-based health promotion and prevention. The course covers a variety of topics, including public health surveillances for risk factors and diseases, cancer and outcomes research, epi info, and a variety of practice-related exercises.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 500 [Min Grade: B] and EPI 501 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 553 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3.0 Credits

Course will provide training in the methods specific to infectious disease epidemiology within the context of the study of several major classes of infectious diseases with global impact on public health. Students will learn about population-level data sources and surveillance methods and techniques in outbreak investigations.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 556 Perinatal Epidemiology 3.0 Credits

Perinatal Epidemiology provides an overview of maternal and child health during the perinatal period, from the 3rd trimester of pregnancy (starting at 28 weeks) through the first month of postnatal life. Many perinatal outcomes, however, have processes that begin earlier in the prenatal and even preconception periods. Some of these outcomes and processes will also be discussed. The first half of the course focuses on the epidemiology of several health conditions and outcomes that affect the mother, fetus, and newborn. The second half of the course examines some of the methodological challenges specific to epidemiologic research on perinatal outcomes. Current research areas in perinatal epidemiology and future directions for research are also discussed.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: B]) or EPI 570 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 500 [Min Grade: C] or PBHL 301 [Min Grade: C]

EPI 557 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology & Prevention 3.0 Credits

This course provides a forum for in-depth discussions of one of the main public health issues. Topics include the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease (CVD), trends in coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension and heart failure mortality/morbidity, well-established and emerging CVD risk factors, and major strategies for CVD prevention/control.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 558 Making Sense of Data 3.0 Credits

The focus will be on descriptive and exploratory methods often employed in the early phase of epidemiologic analysis of complex datasets. Students will work with datasets in class under the guidance of the instructors. Topics include: Descriptive and exploratory data analysis, graphical methods for data summarization and exploration, variable transformations, methods of assessing missing data patterns.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 559 Pharmacoepidemiology 3.0 Credits

The aim of the course is to equip students with a basic understanding of the concepts and practice of pharmacoepidemiology. By the end of the course, students should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the important pharmacoepidemiological concepts and methods, and how these methods can be applied to specific drug utilization in real-life settings in specific populations; Define disease burden in terms of prevalence, incidence and potential complications associated with the use of specific medications; Examine patients’ characteristics and drug utilization, and address health disparities in medications associated health outcomes; Examine patients with multiple-comorbidity, multiple drug uses and drug-disease effects on health outcomes.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 501 [Min Grade: B] or BST 555 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 560 Intermediate Epidemiology 3.0 Credits

This course expands on basic methods used in epidemiologic thinking and research - with a focus on observational studies of disease risk factors. Topics covered include: basic principles of causal inference; observational study designs; bias; confounding; effect modification; stratified analysis; and the epidemiologic approach to multivariable modeling.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 501 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 561 Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the causes of many human diseases at a molecular level, paying particular attention to the role of inflammation in disease processes and examining the role of cell cycle dysregulation in the etiology of many human cancers. In order to understand the pathologic basis for disease, the course will also cover the normal structure and function of many body systems, that when compromised lead to diseases of public health importance.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 562 The Changing US HIV Epidemic and the Responses of Affected Communities 3.0 Credits

This course is intended as a comprehensive epidemiologic overview of the evolving US HIV epidemic over time, along with parallel responses by communities affected by AIDS and artists to express their sense of loss and strength through various media. These include written word, spoken word, and visual arts including painting, photography and film. We will follow the pandemic over time, making weekly stops along the way to observe the culture and expression of loss and resiliency by specific cultures within America and throughout the world. More importantly, the HIV epidemic, as portrayed in literature and the arts, will be dovetailed with formal social epidemiologic considerations of the spread of infection and barriers to accessing healthcare/treatment.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EPI 563 Interprofessional Collaboration for Urban Health 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to guide public health professionals in working across disciplines, sectors, and settings. Strategies will be presented for working with leaders who transform local health systems and other determinants of health, including those from a range of clinical, policy, legal, community, engineering, and design backgrounds. Crucial to successful collaborations will be understanding fundamentals of these other professions, as well as articulating the distinct characteristics and potential contributions of public health to heterogeneous teams.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EPI 564 Data Science Using R 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with sufficient programming knowledge and analysis experience in R to solve data science problems that a data analyst with a master’s degree in epidemiology or biostatistics might encounter in the workforce. The focus of the course is an understanding of the R computing platform with application to data analysis problems of a public health nature. The interactive classes will feature a lecture component and a laboratory component. The RStudio environment will be the interface used for all classroom discussion, and is strongly recommended.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EPI 569 Disease Outbreak Investigations 3.0 Credits

The emergence of new pathogens and drug resistance, as well as increased transmission opportunities caused by globalization has led to a rising prevalence of new infectious diseases as well as reemergence of older diseases and health problems due to environmental toxins. This course will focus on the surveillance, identification, control, and prevention of selected infectious diseases and environmental associated disease, of Public Health importance both globally and within the United States. Specific areas that will be addressed include the causative agents, the routes of transmission, the host responses, environmental factors, unique risk factors, outbreak investigations, surveillance and strategies for control and prevention, as well as application of epidemiological methods used to control an outbreak.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 512 [Min Grade: C]

EPI 570 Introduction to Descriptive Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3.0 Credits

Epidemiology and biostatistical concepts and methods to be covered include techniques for describing and summarizing observations, for assessing associations among variables, and for determining the extent to which chance may be explaining and/or influencing the observed results.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EPI 571 Introduction to Analytic Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3.0 Credits

Epidemiology and biostatistical concepts and methods to be covered include techniques for describing and summarizing observations, for assessing associations among variables, and for determining the extent to which chance may be explaining and or/or influencing the observed results.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 570 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 572 Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies 3.0 Credits

This course will demonstrate the applicability of the goals and approaches from descriptive and analytical methods in biostatistics and epidemiology courses to real world problems. The project will provide the student with the opportunity to use methods in an area of their choice.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 570 [Min Grade: B] and BST 571 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 573 Autism as a Public Health Challenge 3.0 Credits

Demonstrates how to apply public health concepts to an important societal challenge that is quite distinct from those more commonly thought of as public health problems (like infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and injuries). Students will be introduced to autism spectrum disorders from a variety of perspectives and will gain skill and experience distilling and communicating information relevant to understanding and explaining the public health challenges related to autism spectrum disorders and the ways we are working toward solutions.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EPI 610 Public Health Surveillance 3.0 Credits

One of the most critical functions of public health practice and intervention is monitoring the health of populations. In this introductory survey course, students will be introduced to both the principles and practice of public health surveillance, as well as statistical methods for monitoring the health of populations. Topics focused on surveillance practice will include planning a surveillance system, identifying sources of health-related information, management of surveillance information systems and quality control of data, descriptive epidemiology, evaluating public health surveillance, state and local public health surveillance, and surveillance of quality in healthcare.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: B]) or (EPI 500 [Min Grade: B] and EPI 501 [Min Grade: B])

EPI 677 Health and Design Research 3.0 Credits

In this inter-professional course, students will explore concepts and methodologies of design, health research, and design thinking. The course is cross-listed between the disciplines of public health and design, and students will be drawn from both disciplines to examine the reciprocal relationship between health research and human centered innovation and creative thinking.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EPI 699 Master of Science Epidemiology Project 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course is designed to provide guidance of the MS Epidemiology project. Working with a faculty advisor, students will design and conduct an epidemiologic study that poses and tests a research question using a sufficiently robust data set. Components of the project will include data collection as necessary, data management and analysis and the preparation of a manuscript for publication or a research report that is consistent with accepted thesis and publication standards in epidemiology.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 48 credits

EPI 700 Advanced Epidemiology 4.0 Credits

This course covers more advanced methodologic issues in analytic epidemiology including: in-depth discussions of cohort, case-control, and case-cohort studies, missing data and methods of single/multiple imputation, theoretical basis of and analytic methods for using intermediate endpoints/surrogate markers, repeated measures analysis, the use of DAGS, and propensity socres to mitigate confounding.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 560 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 750 Integrative Learning Experience in Epidemiology I 3.0 Credits

The Integrative Learning Experience comprises the culminating exp. required of full-time 2nd year MPH students. Students will develop a hypothesis based on a public health problem and either perform a multi-variable analysis to test the hypothesis using an appropriate dataset & describe how that addresses the public health problem OR conduct a rigorous systematic literature review that both critiques & synthesizes the existing public health literature that addresses the public health problem. Students must work individually on this project and are required to complete a high-quality written product and an oral presentation at the end of the exp. With this class, the students are expected to transition from student to professional & should expect guidance from their faculty mentor rather than instruction.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EPI 751 Integrative Learning Experience in Epidemiology II 3.0 Credits

This course comprises the culminating experience required of full-time 2nd year MPH students. Students will develop a hypothesis based on a public health problem and either perform a multi-variable analysis to test the hypothesis using an appropriate dataset and describe how that addresses the public health problem OR conduct a rigorous systematic literature review that both critiques and synthesizes the existing public health literature that addresses the public health problem. Students must work individually on this project and are required to complete a high-quality written product and an oral presentation at the end of the experience. With this class, the students are expected to transition from student to professional and should expect guidance from their faculty mentor rather than instruction.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 750 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 800 Epidemiology PhD Seminar 3.0 Credits

This course is a doctoral-level seminar designed to: introduce students to epidemiologic methods and substantive topics that were not covered in other courses, and offer practical skills that students can use when applying for funding and conducting their own research. This seminar is required of all 2nd year epidemiology doctoral students. Other students will need the permission of the instructor. A number of learning approaches will be used, including instructor lecture, group discussion, paper reading, and writing, and use of statistical software.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EPI 801 Causal Inference in Epidemiology 3.0 Credits

Provides an in-depth theoretical foundation on epistemology and models of disease causation in epidemiology. Students will be expected to answer the question how can we know that A causes B from diverse perspectives ranging from theoretical models, statistical conventions around identifying causation, and mitigating bias.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 560 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 802 Methodological Challenges 3.0 Credits

This course is an advanced epidemiologic course geared towards doctoral students. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to carry out advanced epidemiological analysis techniques including G-computation, propensity score adjustment, mediation analysis, and sensitivity analysis.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 560 [Min Grade: B] and BST 560 [Min Grade: B] and EPI 700 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 803 Proposal Writing Seminar 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to assist doctoral students in the preparation of a research proposal. The focus of the course is synthesis and application of prior coursework to the development of a feasible and informative epidemiological study. The seminars consist of student presentations of research questions, literature review, plans for collection and analysis of epidemiological data, with discussion by students and faculty. Students will prepare a research proposal for study in a human population using the form developed by the National Institutes of Health. The course also offers students opportunities to critically evaluate the adequacy and scientific merit of research protocols through on-going peer-review.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EPI 560 [Min Grade: B] and BST 560 [Min Grade: B]

EPI 999 Thesis Research: Dissertation Guidance in Epidemiology 1.0-9.0 Credit

Directed guidance of dissertation research, preparation for presenting dissertation research to colleagues at the dissertation seminar and preparation for the final defense.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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