Academic Programs

Public Health Sciences Course Descriptions

BST 610 STATISTICAL CONSULTING (4 cr)
This course gives students exposure to issues arising in biostatistics consulting and collaboration. Students will learn how to identify the scientific objectives of a study and to develop a statistical strategy appropriate for those objectives. The student will become familiar with problems arising in consulting situations, specifically relating to identification of study objectives and framing of research questions, study design, power and sample size determination and choice of analytical approach. The student will learn to communicate through presentation of oral and written reports, and through student and faculty critiques of these reports.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1, EPH 602 Medical Biostatistics 2

BST 625 SURVEY OF STATISTICAL COMPUTING (3 cr)
This course aims to familiarize students with the basic use of SAS and R for routine statistical analysis and prepare them for more advanced courses and/or thesis research. Statistical computation will be illustrated with examples in medical research, biological study and business. The focus of the course is on the computing environment, therefore a thorough discussion of statistical theories will not be provided.

BST 630 LONGITUDINAL DATA ANALYSIS (3 cr)
This course will offer students an introduction to linear and generalized linear models for the analysis of multilevel and longitudinal biomedical data. The course will also provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to perform analysis of these types of data using statistical software packages.
Pre Requisite – EPH 602 Medical Biostatistics 2

BST 640 MODERN NUMERICAL MULTIVARIATE METHODS (3 cr)
This course covers multivariate topics from both a classical as well as modern perspective. Topics to include: multivariate normal distribution; spectral decomposition; principal component analysis; canonical correlation analysis; Newton’s method; steepest descent; gradient boosting; coordinate descent algorithms; trees; forests; discriminant analysis. The R programming language will be used extensively throughout the course for computation and statistical analysis.
Pre Requisite – EPH 703 Advanced Statistical 1 methods, EPH 705 Advanced Statistical 2 methods or BST 625 Statistical Computing, BST 675 Introduction to General Linear models

BST 649 ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 cr)
Individual work on a special project under faculty guidance.

BST 650 TOPICS IN BIOSTATISTICS RESEARCH (1 cr)
The course consists of a series of research level presentations in contemporary biostatistics research (broadly defined) by diverse outside speakers as well as faculty in the Division of Statistics or in other units on campus who are hosting presentations in biostatistics research. The emphasis will be on new methodologies and new developments in existing methodologies. However, recent developments on the implementation and comparison of methodology and on data types may also be included.

BST 665 ADVANCED CLINICAL TRIALS (3 cr)
This first part of this course is an advanced treatment of the key ideas under-girding the design and analysis of contemporary clinical trials. By the end of the course, students will have learned the statistical foundations of Phase I, II, and III trials from the standpoint of classical Frequentist, Bayesian, and adaptive designs. In addition, students will learn the usual mechanisms for preparing a clinical trial protocol, data safety and monitoring, interim analysis, and proper close out of a trial.

BST 670 BAYES DATA ANALYSIS: THEORY AND COMPUTING (3 cr)
The first part of this course is an advanced and comprehensive treatment of the foundations of Bayesian theory. Beginning with the Bayesian alternative to sampling theory, the course covers Savage’s axloms, the standard Bayesian inference procedure, subjective Bayes interpretation and prior selection, the mini-max and complete class theorems, a variety of Bayesian principles (likelihood, stopping time, etc), and a selection of standard parametric and non-parametric examples. The second part focuses on the computational implementation of Bayesian inference, namely Gibbs sampling, Metropolis-Hastings, and other Markov-Chain-Monte Carlo techniques for obtaining the posterior and posterior quantities. Computational examples will be illustrated using R and WinBUGS. Special topics include approximate Bayes computing (ABC) and particle methods.

BST 675 INTRODUCTION TO GENERALIZED LINEAR MODELS (3 cr)
This course provides a unifying framework for formulation, estimation and inference using generalized linear models and towards the end examines some modern day extensions. Throughout the course, real data applications from medicine will be used and extensive use will be made of the R programming language.

BST 680 ADVANCED STATISTICAL THEORY (3 cr)
The first part of this course is a searching treatment of many of the key ideas under-girding hypothesis testing and estimation. In particular, several of the main theorems in mathematical statistics will be stated and proved in full detail. By the end of the course, students will have acquired enough background material for the treatment of a special topic, through a mix of lectures and assignments. Topics will include asymptotic expansions, information theory and non-parametrics.

BST 690 ADVANCED SURVIVAL ANALYSIS (3 cr)
Survival analysis is an important tool of statistic with many applications. In this course, without losing sight of such applications, special emphasis will be given to the probabilistic foundations, in terms of counting processes and martingales. Topics include: failure time models, inference in parametric models, Cox models, counting processes and martingales, likelihood, competing risks and analysis of recurrent event data. The R programming language will be used throughout the course.

BST 695 SPECIAL TOPICS (3 cr)
This course is designed to allow the listing of special topics within the Division of Biostatistics degree programs and cross-list topics with other department’s offerings.

BST 698 MAJOR PAPER (3 cr)
The student is working on their culminating project for the MS degree. The student is expected to explain a collection of related methods in some branch of statistics, use several of them to solve a motivated problem, explaining and contrasting the results. A faculty advisor and second reader are required.

BST 699 THESIS PROJECT (1-6 cr)
The student is working on their culminating project for the MS degree. The student is expected to explain a collection of related methods in some branch of statistics, motivate and develop a non-trivial variation of one of them, elucidate its properties and use it to solve a problem of interest and compare the new method to some established methods. A faculty advisor and second reader are required.

BST 830 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION PRE-CANDIDACY (1 – 12 cr)
Required of all candidates for the Biostatistics PhD. The student will enroll for credit as determined by his/her advisor. No more than 12 credits of BST 730 may be taken in a regular semester, no more than six credits in a summer session. BST 730 is utilized for students who have not completed Admission to Candidacy (not yet passed comprehensive exams).

BST 840 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION POST-CANDIDACY (1 – 12 cr)
Required of all candidates for the PhD in Biostatistics. The student will enroll for credit as determined by his/her advisor. No more than 12 credits may be taken in a regular semester and no more than six credits in a summer session. BST 740 is utilized for students who have completed Admission to Candidacy including passing all required comprehensive examinations and declaring a dissertation committee.

BST 850 RESEARCH IN RESIDENCE (0 cr)
Used to establish research in residence for the PhD in Biostatistics, after the student has been enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in appropriate doctoral research. Credit is not granted. May be regarded as full-time residence as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.

EPH 600 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH (3 cr)
This introductory course will provide students with the opportunity to explore and analyze contemporary public health issues and provide a history and a context that will allow students to better understand the field of public health, its core disciplines and their role as future public health professionals.

EPH 601 MEDICAL BIOSTATISTICS I (3 cr)
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of statistical thinking from a practical standpoint. The focus is primarily on understanding and interpreting statistics with a secondary focus on computation. Topics covered include experimental design, confidence, correct interpretations of results, and assumptions behind statistical methods. Hypothesis testing is also introduced, focusing on correct interpretation, design issues, and appropriate conditions for use.

EPH 602 MEDICAL BIOSTATISTICS II (3 cr)
This course covers the principles and applications of statistical techniques, using a linear model approach. The topics covered will include correlation; simple linear regression; multiple linear regression; analysis of variance, confounding, interaction, model building, regression diagnostics, polynomial regression, contingency tables, and introduction to logistic regression.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1

EPH 604 CLINICAL TRIALS (3 cr)
This course presents principles that underlie the design and conduct of clinical trials, statistical methods used in clinical trials, and ethical considerations in clinical trials and research. The course uses lectures, case studies, classroom discussions, a written assignment, and problems for solutions to achieve its aims.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1

EPH 609 TOBACCO CONTROL AND HEALTH: CONSUMPTION, HEALTH EFFECTS AND POLICY (3 cr)
This course will provide students with an overview of the research in the field of tobacco control, enable students to have an understanding of the patterns, determinants, and consequences of tobacco use, as well as understand how public health policies have worked to reduce tobacco related morbidity and mortality.

EPH 612 GLOBAL HEALTH (3 cr)
This course will explore the broader relationship of global public health topics to the political, social, cultural, economic, ecological and environmental factors within and across an increasingly changing global village. This course will introduce students to important conceptual frameworks such as globalization and the direct and indirect impact on public health, the political economy of public health, health diplomacy and health security to name a few and to capture the interdisciplinary study of global public health in the 21st Century.

EPH 614 GLOBAL OUTBREAK INVESTIGATIONS (3 cr)
This seminar examines current global public health issues and an overview of global outbreak investigations and disease surveillance. Participating in epidemiologic/outbreak investigations in international settings provides unique opportunities to learn about health problems in different ecologic, cultural and resource settings. This seminar will also allow students to gather insight into public health surveillance and understand the utility of the ongoing systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of data for use in planning and evaluation of public health.

EPH 615 ENERGY BALANCE I (3 cr)
This course will examine the foundations of nutrition and physical activity epidemiology as it relates to energy balance including: population patterns and trends, epidemiological theories, assessment and research methods, bio-psychosocial and ecological determinants, major epidemiological studies, and interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

EPH 616 ENERGY BALANCE II (3 cr)
This course will focus on outcomes associated with positive and negative energy balance, and the impact of obesity on health. The interrelationships between nutrition, physical activity, and obesity and the resulting impact on disease processes, i.e. chronic diseases, metabolic disorders, and cancer, will be examined. Major epidemiological studies, theories, and methods of assessment will be examined throughout the course.

EPH 617 INTRODUCTION TO DISEASE PREVENTION AND HEALTH PROMOTION (3 cr)
This course will introduce students to the science of disease prevention and health promotion. This course will focus on providing students with an overview of: the top preventable causes of disease in the US, the common pathways (across the lifespan) to the top preventable causes of disease in the US, the role of theoretical frameworks (e.g., health belief and social-ecological models) in informing the development of preventive interventions, the role of both quantitative and qualitative methodology in prevention science, and the stages of intervention development and testing, including implementation and dissemination of evidence-based preventive interventions. The course will also provide an overview of (preventive) interventions at multiple levels, including: policy, community, family, and school.

EPH 620 HEALTH EDUCATION AND BEHAVIOR (3 cr)
This course will: 1) introduce theoretical models that provide a framework for the study of health education, prevention, and health promotion; 2) examine and evaluate how these models have been applied for the purposes of understanding health behaviors and developing interventions; and 3) familiarize students with the inter-relationships between theory, research and practice and how these should inform each other to advance public health. By addressing how these models have been applied to current public health issues, the course will also examine examples of health risk and protective processes, as well as existing individual, interpersonal, community, group, organizational, and policy interventions.

EPH 621 FUNDAMENTALS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 cr)
This course serves as a core science course for public health. Fundamentals of Epidemiology will cover elementary biomedical concepts and epidemiological terminology and methods, in order to properly comprehend the epidemiological significance of health conditions of public health importance. This course is an introduction to the study of the distribution, determinants, and measurement of health and disease frequency in populations, including design, methods, and their application to specific health conditions.

EPH 622 OBESITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH (3 cr)
This course will take a deeper look at the complex interactions between environment, behaviors, and policies, and how they jointly contribute to the obesity epidemic. This course will provide an interdisciplinary perspective of the biological, psychosocial, ecological, and economic determinants that contribute to obesity and the resulting pathways to chronic disease and disability. Current evidence-based public health programs currently will be discussed to stimulate critical thinking necessary to implement effective obesity prevention and control programs.

EPH 623 DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES ACROSS THE LIFE COURSE (3 cr)
This course builds on the concepts and methods examined in EPH 614 and EPH 520 by delving further into risk and protective processes related to health outcomes across the life course, from the prenatal period to older adulthood. Class readings and discussions will examine examples of common and unique risk pathways contributing to various diseases and disorders, including pathways hypothesized to be related to health inequities and disparities, such as: economic and educational disadvantage, stress, sedentary behavior, poor behavioral regulation, social isolation, among others. Common protective pathways that promote health are also reviewed, such as: positive parenting and family relations, healthy behaviors, physical activity, and social support.
Pre Requisite – EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior or EPH 617 Introduction to Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

EPH 625 ETHICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH (3 cr)
This course introduces important ethical issues in public health research and practice. Additional topics, traditionally covered in bioethics and medicine, include human research subjects, informed consent, rights of privacy, and limits of confidentiality.

EPH 631 PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (3 cr)
This course provides an overview of the legislative basis, the organization and the function of public health services in the United States at the federal, state and local level. Course topics include presentation of basic concepts in public health management including planning, organization, financing, quality assurance, and program evaluation.

EPH 632 US HEALTH SYSTEMS (3 cr)
This course provides an introduction to the multiple systems that define, describe, and shape the delivery of health care in the United States. Using case studies and presentations of major issues, this course will give the learner an appreciation of the dilemma confronting policy makers, providers, and patients: how to balance cost, quality, and access.

EPH 639 ECOLOGY AND CONTROL OF VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES (3 cr)
This course will introduce students to the science of vector biology and the public health challenges of controlling emerging and re-surging vector-borne diseases. The course will provide students with an overview of the epidemiology of major vector-borne diseases in the US and globally, field and lab-based methodologies for vector studies to incriminate vector species and assess transmission dynamics, vector and disease surveillance, and “cutting-edge” vector control technology.

EPH 640 URBAN ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH (3 cr)
This course examines the urban environment – in particular, those aspects of urban/suburban/semi-rural environments created by humans. This includes how homes, neighborhoods, cities and regions impact public health challenges such as obesity, chronic disease, mental health, infectious disease, and injuries. This course will teach students to translate scientific findings to design healthy communities, and develop interventions to promote urban health. Students will learn how to map neighborhood characteristics such as food outlets, parks and walk-ability, and to develop recommendations for policymakers.

EPH 641 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH(3 cr)
This course will focus on the basic overview of the evolution of environmental health as a discipline, data and method of environmental epidemiology, toxicology and environmental management strategies. Topics will focus on the agents of environmental disease and disability and example applications of the health effects of environment.

EPH 642 OCEANS AND HUMAN HEALTH (3 cr)
Provides students with introductory knowledge of the broad and relatively young field of oceans and human Health. The focus is the present, future, and potential effects of oceanic processes and marine organisms on human health and well being. These diverse factors reflect the physical, chemical, biotic and social processes which require an integration of information and knowledge from the medical, marine, and social sciences.

EPH 643 INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH (3 cr)
This course offers a general introduction to major concepts and issues in occupational health and safety from local to global, addressing fundamental topics and current controversies. The course covers core topics that prepare students to more fully understand and address occupational health issues: toxicology, exposure assessment, occupational epidemiology, risk assessment/risk management, prevention of workplace injury and disease, health promotion of adults and protection of worker populations from environmental hazards.

EPH 644 EVALUATION OF HEALTH PROGRAMS AND PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS (3 cr)
Evaluating the impact of public health programs and interventions is a critical competence in public health. Public health professionals and organizations must be accountable and committed to achieving measurable health outcomes. This course will review the principles, methods and practices of evaluating health programs. Students will work directly with public health professionals and community-based organizations to apply evidence-based research methods in program evaluation to address real world examples. A range of evaluation designs and methods will be studied.

EPH 647 COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH (3 cr)
This course will provide an introduction to community-based participatory research (CBPR) and familiarize students with the tenets of this methodology. Students will consider various definitions of community and their role as an “outsider” in community-based research initiatives. Students will understand how CBPR differs from the epistemology guiding more traditional public health inquiry, and begin to determine how to best reconcile these differences personally and professionally.
Pre Requisite – EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology

EPH 649 SURVEY METHODS (3 cr)
This course provides public health professionals in training with an understanding of the purposes, types, methods and design, best practices, and interpretation issues in health survey research. It prepares students to evaluate critically the design and execution of health surveys, to abstract information and interpret findings appropriately from published research reports, and to participate as junior investigators in health survey research projects.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology

EPH 650 HEALTH ECONOMICS FOR EVALUATION AND POLICY (3 cr)
This course will familiarize the student with economic principles and methods of decision-making, discuss the criteria for evaluating the allocation of resources, and analyze the behavior of two principal economic actors: consumers and firms. The principles of economics will be presented in the context of health care systems and markets. Particular emphasis will be placed on economic evaluation, including cost-effectiveness analysis and benefit-cost analysis. Insights gained from the course should be helpful in decision-making by health care administrators, public health practitioners, clinicians, researchers, and health policy makers.

EPH 651 RESEARCH METHODS (3 cr)
This course allows students to understand the relationship between theory and empirical research. The focus of this course will be on the various types of research designs, data collection procedures and techniques, as well as understanding how to measure phenomena. Further, students will gain direct knowledge about doing research through the class projects.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and 621 Fundmentals of Epidemiology

EPH 652 HEALTH POLICY (3 cr)
The course provides students with an opportunity to understand both the organization of the health care system and the public health policy process. The course provides an overview of the epidemiologic, demographic, and health behavior trends that drive the current state of the nation’s health. Recent policy developments in health are examined and controversial issues in health policy formulation and implementation are considered. The strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. health care system are examined and compared with health systems in other developed countries. Innovative health systems that may reduce cost and improve quality of care will be discussed.

EPH 654 PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS AND LAW (3 cr)
This course focuses on key concepts of law and ethics, economics and epidemiology, and policy analysis, as applied to public health. It seeks to demonstrate with both current and historical examples, how these perspectives empower and constrain public health decision-making and actions. The organizing framework is legal structure, but approached from the perspective that a society’s established laws are the clearest exemplars of agreed-upon societal notions of ethics.

EPH 661 PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION (3 cr)
Public health nutrition strives to improve or maintain optimal nutritional health of the whole population and high risk or vulnerable groups within the population. In this course, nutritional factors that influence health promotion and disease prevention throughout the life span will be examined, in conjunction with environmental and cultural aspects of well-being. A variety of community and public health policies impacting nutritional status will be evaluated, including a number of controversies and emerging challenges.

EPH 662 CHILD POLICY (3 cr)
This course will focus on U.S. federal child policy. This course has been designed to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary (e.g., public health, public policy and social work), and cross-sector perspective (e.g., government, private and philanthropic sectors) on child and family policies. Sessions will cover varying approaches and include presentations from a wide range of experts.

EPH 671 MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH (3 cr)
This course provides a broad perspective of the health status of mothers, children and families in the United States. Attention will be paid to the biological, social and behavioral factors that determine the health status of these populations.

EPH 680 CAPSTONE FIELD EXPERIENCE (3 cr.)
The required capstone field experience for MPH students.

EPH 681 CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE PROJECT (3 cr.)
The required capstone project for MPH students.

EPH 684 SPECIAL TOPIC: GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH DOCUMENTARY MAKING (3 cr.)
Within a semester, students will develop the skills necessary to connect the elegance and complexity of public health issues and policies to everyday lives by creating short nonfiction pieces that actively explore, critique, and expand on what makes a public health documentary film. This process will contribute to providing students with the confidence of ‘ownership’ of basic public health research. Guest filmmakers (directors/cinematographers and/or editors) will participate in this course and share technical knowledge and field experience.
Pre requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology B or higher

EPH 684 SPECIAL TOPIC: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE(3 credits). Course dedicated to providing students with opportunities to gain experiences with professional skills such as job interviewing, public speaking, preparing budgets, grant proposal writing, working with community organizations, and disseminating research findings to community stakeholders. The course will be interactive and discussions will be had regarding important skills necessary for the public health workforce.

EPH 684 SPECIAL TOPIC: SCIENTIFIC WRITING (3 cr.):
This course is designed to provide students with the skills needed to write abstracts, short reports, and manuscripts suitable for publication in public health, epidemiologic, and biomedical journals. All aspects of manuscript preparation will be covered, including writing concise abstracts, graphical and tabular strategies for data presentation, proper referencing strategies, and effective strategies for interacting with journal editors and reviewers. Course Prerequisite: Recommended class size 15 students. All interested students must be interviewed by the instructor prior to acceptance into this course.

EPH 684 SPECIAL TOPIC: THE IDEA OF THE HOSPITAL (3 cr)
This course will discuss the change that hospitals can achieve when they facilitate community-academic partnerships that bring together knowledge, expertise and interest of community partners with the research and training of clinicians and academic researchers.

EPH 699 PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT (1-6 cr.)
Individual investigation of current public health problems, serving as the required capstone experience for MSPH students.

EPH 700 RESEARCH SEMINAR (1 cr)
This course is only open to PhD in Epidemiology students. The seminar course will consist of weekly meetings focused on preparing students for both (short term) graduate work, and (longer term) career development. PhD students are expected to complete EPH 600 each spring semester prior to graduation.

EPH 703 ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY I (3 cr)
This first semester of a 2-part course in advanced biostatistics for epidemiology doctoral students provides students with an in-depth and focused study of advanced biostatistical methods used in the analyses of data from epidemiologic investigations. This course will focus on analysis of studies with outcomes that have a discrete distribution: binary, Poisson, and negative binomial. SAS for data management and analysis.
Pre Requisite – EPH 602 Medical Biostatistics 2, EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology

EPH 705 ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY II (3 cr)
This second semester of a 2-part course in advanced biostatistics for epidemiology doctoral students provides students with an in-depth and focused study of advanced biostatistical methods used in the analyses of data from epidemiologic investigations. The course is the biostatics equivalent of the advanced epidemiological methods course, and to the extent possible it is designed to present biostatistical methods used in the various epidemiological designs (a review of case-control studies and prospective cohort studies and focused on intervention studies and survey sampling) discussed in the advanced epidemiological methods course. Topics discussed include (but are not limited to): regression (linear, Poisson, and logistic), analysis of variance and covariance from a linear (and linear mixed) models approach, longitudinal data analysis, sampling techniques, and analysis of complex survey data.
Pre Requisite – EPH 703 – Advanced Statistical methods 1

EPH 711 CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 cr)
To provide students with an understanding of the major etiologic factors for cancer, including tobacco, diet and nutrition, alcohol, viruses and bacteria, occupation, and radiation. The epidemiology of major cancer sites i.e. lung, breast, prostate, pancreas, esophagus and stomach, colon and rectum, and selected cancers of specific interest to the class will also be presented. Study design and methodology used in cancer research are discussed throughout the course.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology

EPH 720 CARDIOVASCULAR EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 cr)
This course provides a broad and comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and its risk factors. The course will focus on the global and national determinants as well as distribution of CVD risk factors, prevention strategies to reduce the incidence and prevalence, and advancement of epidemiologic research for the prevention of CVD.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and EPH 621 Fundamental of Epidemiology

EPH 721 CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 cr)
The purpose of this course is to understand the epidemiological patterns, etiology and risk factors of selected major chronic diseases from a population based perspective. It will explore the overview of the epidemiology of selected chronic diseases including significance, natural history, surveillance, frequency, distribution, etiology, prevention and control. It will also explore the common etiologic pathways of some chronic diseases.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and EPH 621 Fundamental of Epidemiology

EPH 722 INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY AND CONTROL (3 cr)
This course provides an introduction to infectious disease epidemiology beyond that encountered in a general epidemiology course, emphasizing surveillance, investigation, control, and global health problems related to infectious disease. Each session begins with an infectious disease case, epidemic, or study and focuses on understanding the microbiology and epidemiology of a particular public health problem encountered by an epidemiologist.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and EPH 621 Fundamental of Epidemiology

EPH 723 DIABETES MELLITUS EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 cr)
This course presents an overview of the epidemiology and public health impact of an important chronic disease, diabetes mellitus (DM). Topics to be covered include the classification and descriptive epidemiology of DM and associated health complications, disease screening, evaluation of risk factors, methodological issues associated with DM research, DM among special populations, and the public health impact of DM in the U.S.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and EPH 621 Fundamental of Epidemiology

EPH 726 ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 cr)
This course will provide an overview of the principles and methods of environmental epidemiology. Students will develop conceptual and theoretical understanding of the principles of designing (population based) environmental epidemiological studies and practical skills in the quantification of environmental exposure and its associated health risks. The course will also cover ethical issues in designing and conducting environmental epidemiological studies, implications of these studies to improve and protect public health and future challenges of environmental epidemiology.
*Pre Requisite – EPH 602 Medical Biostatistics 2, EPH 641 Environmental Health*

EPH 728 SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 cr)
This course will provide students with an overview of conceptual approaches and research findings related to the impact of social context on substance use behavior. The course will focus on describing and understanding the association between social class, race and ethnicity, psychosocial factors, neighborhood and community characteristics, place, and life-course processes to the incidence and progression of drug use, abuse, and addiction and related health consequences. The course will stress the importance of a fundamental understanding of the theory and methods that form the foundation of the field of social epidemiology.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and EPH 621 Fundamental of Epidemiology

EPH 730 DRUG ABUSE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 cr)
This course covers the major theories of substance abuse etiology and empirical findings on epidemiology of substance abuse. The course focuses on etiology, assessment, and intervention of substance use disorders across the lifespan.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and EPH 621 Fundamental of Epidemiology

EPH 740 BASIC PATHOLOGY AND PATHO-PHYSIOLOGY (3 cr)
This course emphasizes basic principles of anatomy, physiological mechanisms and diseases of particular interest to students of public health. Students will obtain an understanding of pathological processes, nomenclature of pathological findings, and common diseases affecting various body systems. Observations of autopsies and gross pathology of selected organs are also incorporated in the course.
Pre Requisite – EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 and EPH 621 Fundamental of Epidemiology

EPH 751 SURVIVAL ANALYSIS IN CLINICAL TRIALS (3 cr.)
This course will focus on statistical methods for analysis and interpretation of survival data arising from clinical trials. Topics to be covered include: survival curves (functions of survival time, relationships among the several survival functions), estimation of the survival curve by the Kaplan-Meier and life-table methods, parametric models for estimating survival (exponential and Weibul distributions), comparison of survival curves (log-rank test), Cox proportional hazards model (interpretation of parameters, variable selection, inclusion of interactions, assessment of model fit and diagnostics for the proportional hazards assumption), and estimation of sample size for survival studies.
Pre Requisite – EPH 602 Medical Biostatistics 2

EPH 774 ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGICAL METHODS I (3 cr)
This is the first course of a 2-part course in advanced epidemiologic methods. The fundamental concepts, principles, and methods of epidemiologic study designs and the practical issues in the design and conduct of epidemiologic studies and interpretation of research findings will be discussed. The emphasis will also include on application of the epidemiologic methods in the forms of journal article critique and research design project.
PhD students Only

EPH 776 ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGICAL METHODS II (3 cr)
This is the second course of a 2-part course in advanced epidemiologic methods. The fundamental concepts, principles, and methods of epidemiologic study designs and the practical issues in the design, and conduct of epidemiologic studies and interpretation of research findings will be discussed. The emphasis will also include on application of the epidemiologic methods in the forms of journal article critique, research proposal development, or study design project.
PHD Students only

EPH 782 ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL STUDY (1-3 cr.)
Individual work on a special project under faculty guidance.

EPH 825 CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION – MASTER’S STUDY (0 cr.)
Used to establish residence for MPH students who are preparing for project presentation. Credit is not granted.

EPH 830 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (pre-candidacy) (1-12 cr.)
Required of all candidates for the Epidemiology PhD. The student will enroll for credit as determined by his/her advisor. No more than 12 credits of EPH 830 may be taken in a regular semester and no more than six credits in a summer session. EPH 830 is utilized for students who have not completed Admission to Candidacy (not yet passed comprehensive exams).

EPH 840 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (post-candidacy) (1-12 cr.)
Required of all candidates for the PhD in Epidemiology. The student will enroll for credit as determined by his/her advisor. No more than 12 credits may be taken in a regular semester and no more than six credits in a summer session. EPH 840 is utilized for students who have completed Admission to Candidacy including passing all required comprehensive examinations and declaring a dissertation committee.

EPH 850 RESEARCH IN RESIDENCE (0 cr.)
Used to establish research in residence for the PhD in Epidemiology, after the student has been enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in appropriate doctoral research. Credit is not granted. May be regarded as full-time residence as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.