Epidemiology Courses

Current students: Course syllabi from previous semesters are available on S:\Syllabi. Please direct any questions to Jena Black or Nicole Regan.

Course # Title Description
EPI 504 (2)

Fundamentals of Epidemiology (Spring)


Emphasizes the underlying concepts of the epidemiological approach, stressing study design. Discusses the calculation and interpretation of measures of frequency, association, and public health impact. Discusses sources of study error including the influence of chance, bias, confounding, and effect modification. Basic concepts of standardizing rates, surveillance, and screening are also introduced. Non-EPI students only who have not taken EPI 530.
EPI 508 (1)

Maternal and Child Health Leadership Collaborative Seminar (Fall)

Prerequisite: EPI/GH/BSHE/HPM 596, students enrolled in the MCH certificate only or instructor permission. As a cross-institutional course lead by faculty from RSPH, Morehouse School
of Medicine, and Georgia State University, the Leadership Collaborative Seminar will provide a biweekly interdisciplinary forum focused on building the necessary attitudes and relationships to prepare the next generation of health leaders to provide and promote coordinated, comprehensive, culturally competent care, programs, and policies for diverse MCH
populations. RSPH students will interact with learners from the Georgia LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. Sessions will feature structured interviews with emerging MCH leaders, didactic content, problem-based learning on advancing health equity, opportunities for self-reflection, and
group discussion – all with the goal of assisting participants in integration of learning across program curricula. The seminar series will also include presentations and interactions with prominent leaders in public health, health care, and human services. Learners will complete background readings as well as independent learning activities and directed opportunities for
self-reflection in preparation for each session.
EPI 509 (2)

Overview of Children with Special Healthcare Needs (Spring)


Prerequisite: EPI/GH/BSHE/HPM 596, students enrolled in the MCH certificate only or instructor permission. This course will provide a one-semester overview of children with special health care needs and their families, including neurodevelopmental disabilities, to prepare learners to include the population in public health program planning, implementation, evaluation, and research. The course will be presented in a hybrid format with in-person and web-delivered didactic presentations, project-based learning, and field-based experiences. During weeks that the course does not meet in person, students will be responsible for completing and responding to assigned online learning modules that are currently being developed by a consortium of Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs. Online content will be reviewed in the subsequent in-person session.
EPI 510 (1)

Introduction to Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology (Fall)


This course will introduce basic principles of genetic and molecular epidemiology thought interactive discussion with leading researchers in the field. This is a stand-alone course but is also a prerequisite for the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Certificate Program.
EPI 515 (3)

Transforming Public Health Surveillance (Spring)


Transforming Public Health Surveillance (TPHS) provides a review of the history, purposes, activities, uses, elements, data sources, models, analyses, actions, reports, evaluation, and ethical and legal issues of public health surveillance (PHS). It helps students understand the criticalimportance of the direct association between PHS and public health action, plus develop skills and competencies with the use of data-information-messages and the information and communication technologies that enable, enhance, and empower them. TPHS describes informatics approaches to enable and enhance data sharing, analytics, and visualization though interoperability that adapts to meet the challenges as PHS moves from analog to digital and demonstrates how PHS core functions (i.e., detection, registration, confirmation, analysis, feedback, communication, and response) will be enabled, enhanced, and empowered by these opportunities. Cross-listed with GH 515.
EPI 516 (2)

Issues in Women's Health (Fall, even years)

Vaccarino, Hartman

Prerequisite: EPI 504 or EPI 530; BIOS 500 (may be concurrent enrollment). Presents issues in women’s health that are a biological function of being female, but not pathologies of reproduction. These include cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and breast and cervical cancer. Addresses health problems related to the physiological and psychological aspects of being female. These include depression, premenstrual syndrome, addictive behavior, and violence perpetrated by and against women.
EPI 518 (2)

Practical Introduction to Survey Design (Winter. may not be offered every year)

Sullivan, Siegler

This short course is a practical introduction to survey research, seeking to provide students with hands-on skills to develop and implement electronic surveys. In the course, students will work in teams to develop and launch a survey, with the following phases: item development, item cognitive assessment, electronic survey programming, survey recruitment on Facebook (each team will have a recruitment budget), collection of survey data from online participants, and presentation of survey results. The course focus is predominantly on electronic survey provision, including web-based implementations. Other areas of emphasis include item creation, item optimization through qualitative techniques, sources of survey error, and strategies to mitigate survey error.
EPI 523 (1)

Correctional Healthcare (Spring)


Pre-requisite: EPI 530 or EPI 504 and BIOS 500, or instructor permission. Ten million persons pass through a jail or prison each year in the United States. This half-semester, seminar-style course will explore the possible impact of the criminal justice system on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and on health indicators in general. The correctional setting will be used as a case study to illustrate how environment, public policy, behavior and biology all interact to determine the well-being of a population. Lessons learned from studying correctional health are applicable to understanding the determinants of health for other institutionalized populations and in other controlled settings. We have plans to make a field trip to a local correctional facility.
EPI 530 (4)

Epidemiologic Methods I (Fall)

Various Instructors

Prerequisite/concurrent: BIOS 500. Required for epidemiology majors. Emphasizes the concepts and premises of the science of epidemiology. Stresses methods of hypothesis formulation
and evaluation. Introduces techniques for quantifying the amount of disease (or other health indicator) in populations, followed by discussion of epidemiologic study designs useful for identifying etiologic factors and other relevant correlates of disease. Students gain facility with the calculation of basic epidemiologic measures of frequency, association, and impact. The concepts of random variability, bias, and effect modification are examined in detail. The use of stratified analysis, including Mantel-Haenszel techniques, is explored. Inferences from study
results are discussed. Students are required to analyze and critique studies from the current medical and scientific literature.
EPI 533 (1)

Programming in SAS (Fall, Spring)

Various Instructors

Permission only in fall semester. Required for epidemiology majors. This is an applied computer course that provides an introduction to the SAS programming environment and
instructs students in the techniques needed to enter data into a database and to properly organize and edit data into a final dataset that is ready for epidemiologic analysis.
EPI 534 (3)

Epidemiologic Methods II (Spring)


Prerequisites: EPI 530, BIOS 500, and BIOS 501 or 591P (BIOS 591P or 501 may be taken concurrently). This course emphasizes the statistical foundations of epidemiological methods, as well as the appropriate statistical methods for cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies. The concepts of matching, confounding, and interaction are further developed. This course also presents an introduction to epidemiologic modeling using logistic regression for matched and unmatched studies. Students will learn to perform analyses using SAS.
EPI 535 (2)

Field Epidemiology (Winter)


Prerequisite: EPI 530. Uses a series of case studies to teach the principles and practice of epidemiology, ranging from surveillance and descriptive epidemiology to outbreak
investigations and analytic methods. Focuses on the use of sound epidemiological judgment. Crosslisted with GH 535.
EPI 536 (2)

Applied Data Analysis (Fall)


Prerequisites: EPI 504 or EPI 530, BIOS 500. The purpose of this course is to prepare the student for analysis of epidemiologic data from various study designs including cross- sectional,
case-control, and follow-up studies. The student will have the opportunity to apply the methods taught in the epidemiology methods sequence to actual data sets. After completion of the course, the student will be prepared to do the data analysis for their thesis. The course will use the statistical program, Stata, for all analyses and therefore some time will be spent in learning the fundamentals of Stata. We will analyze multiple data sets and apply epidemiologic and ,statistical methods such as exact tests for 2x2 tables, stratified analysis, logistic regression, and survival techniques appropriate for epidemiologists. The course will be applied and will emphasize the use of Stata to solve various epidemiologic problems using a wide range of data sets.
EPI 537 (2)

Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (Fall)

Alonso, Vaccarino

Prerequisite/concurrent: EPI 530. Emphasizes the distribution and determinants of chronic disease within the population. Research design and analysis are not the primary focus of the course, but methodological issues are considered when pertinent to the interpretation of findings.
EPI 538 (2)

Advanced Epidemiological Methods I (Spring)


Prerequisites: EPI 530, EPI 534, BIOS 500, BIOS 501 or BIOS 591P (EPI 534 and BIOS 501 may be taken concurrently with permission). Covers a wide variety of topics in epidemiological methodology. Topics include basic epidemiological measures, confounding, misclassification, selection bias, types of case-control studies, Berkson’s bias, matching, and estimation of epidemiological parameters.
EPI 540 (2)

Case Studies in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Fall)


Provides training in the investigation, control, and prevention of infectious diseases by both descriptive and analytic epidemiological techniques. Students work with infectious diseases of national and international interest. Prerequisites/concurrent: EPI 504 or EPI 530 and BIOS 500 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with GH 517.
EPI 541 (2)

Hospital/Healthcare Epidemiology (Spring)


Prerequisites/concurrent: EPI 504 or EPI 530 and BIOS 500. This course provides provides didactic sessions on the current changing face of healthcare epidemiology and training in the investigation, control, and prevention of hospital-acquired infectious diseases and other hospital events by the use of appropriate epidemiologic techniques, both descriptive and analytic.
EPI 542 (1)

Tuberculosis: A Re-emerging Health Problem (Spring)

Gandhi, Vernon

Prerequisite: EPI 504 or EPI 530. Provides training in the domestic and international public health aspects of tuberculosis, its epidemiology and diagnosis, the theory and practice of treatment and the means of prevention in developed and developing countries, and the interaction between HIV and tuberculosis. Cross-listed with GH 562.
EPI 544 (1)

Epidemiology of Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases (Fall)

Fields, Brown, Griffin

Prerequisite/concurrent: EPI 504 or EPI 530. Covers the basic epidemiology of infectious foodborne and diarrheal diseases of the United States and the world. Uses the study of these diseases and outbreak investigations to develop broadly applicable epidemiologic skills. Explores dynamic relationship between changing global environment and human health—evolving and emerging pathogens, changes in food production and distribution, and changes in the human population.
EPI 546 (2)

Methods in HIV Epidemiology (Spring)

Guest, Sanchez

Prerequisites: EPI 530 and BIOS 500, or instructor permission. Explores the epidemiology of the HIV epidemic in the United States through a detailed examination of the major types of
epidemiologic studies that have led to our current understanding of the epidemic. Students gain an understanding of important issues in the epidemiology of HIV in the United States, and, as importantly, increase their understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various epidemiologic study designs and the interpretation of data from such studies.
EPI 547 (2)

Public Health Applications of Molecular Epidemiology (Spring, odd years)


Prerequisite: EPI 530 and knowledge of DNA and RNA. Molecular epidemiology encompasses topics beyond the recent era of “-omics.” Biospecimens have been
analyzed to evaluate exposures and health states for decades. We will discuss a range of public health applications of molecular epidemiology. For each, we will review the biospecimen and
analyte, how the biospecimen is collected and analyzed, and how the results are used, or may be used, to protect or improve public health. Examples of topics we will study include (a)
cholesterol & triglycerides associated with heart disease, (b) blood alcohol & breathalyzer associated with injury, (c) illicit drug screening and employment, and (d) serum δ13C as a marker of dietary sweets intake.
EPI 550 (2)

Epidemiology and Dynamics of STD Transmission  (Srping)


Prerequisite/concurrent: EPI 504 or EPI 530. Explores the social, biologic, and public health issues of sexually transmitted diseases and their overall importance in public health.
Topics include the basic biology and epidemiology of the major STDs, the implication of transmission models for prevention, and the psychosocial, behavioral, and economic aspects of STD/ HIV. Cross-listed with GH 550.
EPI 552 (2)

Human Genome Epidemiology (Spring)

Gwinn, Sun

This introductory course will expose students to a range of topics that illustrate the use of epidemiologic methods to analyze and interpret genomic information at the population level
through a combination of lectures, weekly reading assignments, and student-led case studies. At the end of the course participants should be able to identify the types of data needed to
translate genetic discoveries for medicine and public health and be able to review and evaluate such data in the scientific literature.
EPI 553 (2)

Writing and Presenting Epidemiologic Research (Fall)


Prerequisites: EPI 530, BIOS 500 and EPI 534 or instructor permission. The primary objective of this course is to develop skills in planning, writing, and presenting epidemiologic information in scientific reports, journal manuscripts, scientific conference posters and oral presentations, and MPH theses or PhD dissertations.
EPI 554 (3)

Religion & Public Health
(Fall or Spring, May not be offered every year)


This course will provide graduate students with a sociologically oriented interdisciplinary survey of research on the intersection of public health and religious practices and beliefs, in individuals and populations. Religion is one factor among many others in the social environment that to some extent determines the health of populations. Religion also has a role in the organization and practice of medicine and public health, in the lives of individuals, their families and social networks, health professionals, and the institutions in which they interact. The course will emphasize evidence from quantitative social science and epidemiology, the role of religion in the historical development of public health institutions, and the theoretical social science origins of religion and health research. Under the large umbrella of religion and health research, we will be attempting to map the part of the field that is distinctively oriented to public health, rather than to medicine.
EPI 556 (2)

Applied Genomic Epidemiology (Fall)


Prerequisites: BIOS 500 and EPI 552 or instructor permission, Knowledge of R is preferred. Genomic epidemiology is an increasingly important approach to studying disease risks in
populations. This course will introduce the basic genetic principles as they apply to the identification of genetic variations associated with disease; illustrate the population and quantitative genetic concepts that are necessary to study the relationship between genetic variation and disease variation in populations; and provide hands-on experience to address the analytical needs for conducting genomic epidemiologic research. Students will gain experience with R and PLINK using high dimensional genetic data.
EPI 558 (2)

Global Issues in Antimicrobial Resistance (Spring)


Develops tools to understand the microbiological, behavioral, and economic factors that contribute to the expanding epidemic of infectious diseases that may become untreatable due to
the emergence of resistance. Provides a framework for intervention studies. Cross-listed with GH 558.
EPI 560 (2)

Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (Spring)


Prerequisite: EPI 504, or EPI 530. Evaluation of epidemiologic concepts in research studies of the cardiovascular system. A variety of topics in cardiovascular pathophysiology are
covered to help with interpretation of cardiovascular disease literature. Special emphasis is placed on networking with clinical and research faculty as well. Translation of research into
clinical practice and research design are also covered.

EPI 561 (2)


Methods in Obesity Epidemiology (Fall)


The focus of this is course is on the epidemiology of obesity, its determinants, and consequences, and population-based methods for investigating obesity. The course will entail a
survey of obesity research, including: (1) the biology and physiology of adiposity; (2) behavioral, environmental, and (epi) genetic determinants of obesity; and (3) the health
consequences of obesity and their underlying biologic underpinnings. Advanced methodologic concepts in the practice of research, including those related to measurement, modeling and
interpretation, will be emphasized in this course.
EPI 562 (2)

Emerging Infectious Diseases


Prerequisite/concurrent: EPI 504 or EPI 530 or permission of instructor. Previous course work in microbiology strongly preferred. Examines factors that contribute to the emergence and
re-emergence of infectious diseases, and provides a framework for assessing the public health threat from infectious diseases and for recommending an appropriate response. Fundamental principles of infectious disease surveillance and epidemiology, as well as pathogenesis, are addressed. Cross-listed with GH 518.
EPI 564 (2)

Public Health Preparedness (Fall)


Acquaints students with major topics associated with natural and man-made public health emergencies, including major weather events, bioterror events, pandemic scenarios, and other
chemical, biological and radiological events. Includes activities such as table top exercises and discussions of the societal, legal and ethical implications of planning for and responding to major public health emergencies. Students become knowledgeable in the planning considerations for major public health emergencies at multiple levels of public health. Cross-listed with GH 564.
EPI 565 (2)

Data Sources and Methods in MCH Epidemiology (Spring)


Prerequisites: EPI 530 and BIOS 500. This course introduces students to data sources and methods commonly used by epidemiologists in state or provincial health departments. Data sources include: vital statistics, census, population-based surveillance, and surveys (e.g. PRAMS). Methods include record linkage, trend analysis, bias in MCH research, cluster
investigation, small area analysis, and secondary data analysis. Although an introductory course, EPI 530 and BIOS 500 are prerequisites. Because students learn hands-on techniques, laboratory exercises will be used to supplement class sessions.

EPI 566 (2)

Immunization Programs and Policies (Spring)


Spring. Provides an introduction to the entire spectrum of vaccines and immunization: from basic bench research through testing, licensure, and use; program design, implementation, and evaluation; and social, economic, and political factors affecting the use of vaccines. Emphasizes the international setting, though examples are also taken from developed countries. Cross-listed with GH 566.

EPI 567 (2)

Epidemiology of Aging Populations (Spring)

Platinga, Idler

This course introduces the student to the epidemiology of aging populations, including distributions of and trends in chronic disease morbidity and multimorbidity; non-disease specific issues in aging, such as functional disability and mortality. The course will focus on methods for epidemiologic research in aging population, which will be reinforced through weekly readings and group discussions of relevant literature.

EPI 568 (2)

Bias Analysis (Fall)


Prerequisites: EPI 530and EPI 591U or instructor permission. Observational epidemiologic studies yield estimates of effect that differ from the true effect because of random error and
systematic error. Epidemiologists design studies and analyses to minimize both sources of error. When presenting results, epidemiologists use statistics to quantify the impact of random error on estimates of effect, but often only qualitatively describe residual systematic error (uncontrolled bias). Bias analysis provides one method of quantifying residual systematic error. Students in this course will learn how to use simple, multidimensional, and probabilistic bias analyses to account for systematic error in their estimates of effect. Students should expect to gain new skills, as the emphasis of the course will be on the implementation and conduct of bias analysis, rather than statistical theory.

EPI 569 (3)

Concepts and Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology



The epidemiology of infectious diseases differs in a fundamental way from the epidemiology ofnon-infectious diseases: one person’s disease status affects the risk of others in the population. This course will provide an overview of the history, concepts and analytical methods that specifically apply to the study of infectious diseases. One of the key assumptions that underlies many classical epidemiologic methods is that events are independent. Clearly, this is not the case for infectious diseases. Therefore, dedicated concepts and methods are required for their study. This course covers a range of methodological approaches and concepts for infectious disease epidemiology including: natural history, household transmission studies; concepts of dynamic modeling; sero-epidemiology; vaccines and vaccine epidemiology; molecular
epidemiology and pathogen strain dynamics; and emerging infectious diseases. The course will be a combination of instructor-led lectures and student-led exercises. All students will be expected to take an active role.

EPI 570 (3)

Infectious Disease Dynamics: Theories and Models (Spring)



Prerequisite: EPI 540/GH 517; Knowledge of R prior to beginning of class is required. Infectious disease dynamics involve complex processes in which there are often dependencies between individual-level and population-level disease risks. Examples include contagion effects, where one’s risk is a function of evolving disease prevalence in the population, and herd immunity, which allows for complete community protection with only partial intervention coverage. This course presents the theory, mathematical framework, and quantitative methods for
investigating the mechanics of infectious disease dynamics to understand these processes. The focus will be on learning mechanistic (also called mathematical) models for epidemics. Students will learn: why these models are used in infectious disease research compared to other quantitative methods; how to read and evaluate the epidemiological literature on epidemic modeling across many specific diseases; and hands-on skills to develop basic computational models for epidemic spread. Class hours will be evenly split between lecture and computer lab time each week.

EPI 584 (2)

Epidemiology of Cancer (Fall)


Prerequisite: EPI 504 or EPI 530 or permission of the instructor. The primary objective of this course is for the student to gain basic knowledge about cancer and issues and methodologies relevant to investigating cancer etiology, prevention, and control using epidemiologic methods. Secondary objectives are for the student to gain experiences in critiquing published cancer epidemiology articles and conducting a literature review and writing a summary of a topic in cancer epidemiology.

EPI 585 (2)

Advanced Topics in Cancer EPI (Spring, may not be offered every year)


Prerequisites: EPI 584 or instructor permission. The primary objective of this course is for the student to gain comprehensive knowledge about cancer and methodologies and current
issues central to cancer epidemiology. It is assumed that students enrolled in the course have successfully completed introductory courses in epidemiology as well as an introductory course in cancer epidemiology (EPI 743 “The Epidemiology of Cancer” or have comparable background in cancer and/or in the epidemiology of chronic diseases). The course builds on knowledge gained in other courses (including EPI 743) and covers the biological basis of carcinogenesis andits implications for epidemiologic research, an integrated view of current issues central to cancer epidemiology, an in-depth examination of methodological issues relevant to cancer research, and integration of knowledge across cancer sites. Secondary objectives are for the student to gain experiences in critiquing published cancer epidemiology articles and writing a short proposal ona topic related to current issues in cancer epidemiology.

EPI 589 (2)

Psychosocial Epidemiology (Fall)


Prerequisites: EPI 504 or EPI 530.Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease. Psychosocial Epidemiology is a growing subfield of Epidemiology that
examines how psychological and social factors influence physical health and disease in human populations. Because the field of Psychosocial Epidemiology is heavily influenced by observational data, the concepts of confounding, mediation and effect modification will be emphasized throughout the course. Class sessions will consist of presentations by the professor; interactive discussions about key topics, assigned readings and in-class assignments; viewing and discussion of educational DVDs; and student presentations.

EPI 590R (VC)

Epidemiology Seminar (Spring)

Various topics by Epi faculty. Current topics include Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis, Prediction Research, Epidemiology of Respiratory Illness, Critical Evaluation of Science in the News, and R Bootcamp.

EPI 591L (2)

Methods in Nutritional Epidemiology (Fall)


Prerequisites: EPI 530, EPI 533 or instructor permission. This course is designed for students interested in studies of diet and health outcomes. The course provides an overview of
methods for estimating dietary intakes. Issues related to the collections, processing, analysis and manipulation od dietary data in relation to foods dietary patterns, nutrients, and dietary
supplements will also be addressed. Students will also have the opportunity to apply methods for manipulating dietary data including variation in diet, comparing methods for energy adjustment, manipulating raw data to create food grouping variables for dietary pattern analysis and calculating a dietary score.

EPI 591S (2)

Social Epidemiology (Fall, Spring)


This course will focus on the contribution of social factors to health and disease in human populations. With an emphasis on both theory and methods, seven topics of contemporary interest to public health research will be covered in depth: (1) social status; (2) race, ethnicity and racism; (3) geography/place; (4) immigration; (5) health literacy; (6) stress; and (7) social support. Pre-requisites: EPI 504 or EPI 530.

EPI 591U (3)

Application of Epidemiologic Concepts with Lab (Spring)


Prerequisites: EPI 530, BIOS 500, EPI 533; EPI 534 and BIOS 591P concurrently. This course builds on the concepts introduced in EPI 530. Specifically, causality, bias (including confounding, information bias, and selection bias), and effect measure modification will be revisited in greater depth. These topics will be presented conceptually in the lectures while a semester long lab project will be used to illustrate how these topics are addressed analytically and through study design. A basic knowledge of SAS is required. This course is required for Epidemiology, Global Epidemiology, and Environmental Health Epidemiology students.

EPI 594 (3)

Methods in Advanced Social EPI (Spring)


Prerequisites: INFO 530 or INFO 532, EPI 740, and EPI 591S or BSHE 535 or instructor permission. This advanced graduate course is a blended seminar and lab format introducing students to some of the challenges of quantitative research in modern social epidemiology. With a focus on application, the course explores the intersection of social epidemiologic theory and quantitative methods for better understanding multilevel causal mechanisms, complex social selection and confounding, and the spatial patterning of exposures, covariates and health outcomes.

EPI 595R (0)

Applied Practice Experience (Fall, Spring, Summer)

An Applied Practice Experience (APE) is a unique opportunity that enables students to apply practical skills and knowledge learned through coursework to an applied professional
public health setting that complements the student’s interests and career goals through a supervised field training experience in a professional public health work environment. The APE must meet RSPH guidelines and have departmental approval. In order for a student to successfully complete the APE requirement, they must have a minimum of 200 clock hours in one or more public health agencies, institutions or communities, competency attainment and 2 deliverables. In addition to registering for the course, all APE details, deliverables and approvals are required to be entered and tracked in the RSPH APE Portal.

EPI 596 (3)

Foundations in Maternal and Child Health (Spring)

This is the foundational course for the Maternal and Child Health Certificate and is limited to MCH certificate students. It covers historical and theoretical underpinnings of maternal and child health problems and programs aimed to reduce morbidity, mortality, and health disparities. Skills in program planning and evaluation are taught through multidisciplinary teams working with academic and fieldbased faculty in local, state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies. Maternal and child health is defined as a field of public health that addresses underlying forces for these problems, the historical framework for ameliorating those problems, and current programs and policies that have evolved from
that historical context. Maternal and child health programs are unique to reproduction and life course development; more common in women, infants, children, or adolescents; more serious in women, infants, children, or adolescents; or have manifestations, risk factors, or interventions that are different in women or during life course development.
EPI 597R (VC)

Directed Study

EPI 599R (4)

Thesis (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Enables students to apply the principles and methods learned in an academic setting through the preparation of a monograph that embodies original research applicable to public health, incorporating a hypothesis that has been successfully evaluated with appropriate statistical and epidemiological techniques and is potentially publishable and has public health impact. Graded S/U.

EPI 701 (1)

Public Health Research: Discovery to Practice (Fall)


Doctoral education in the public health sciences trains students to drive innovation and discovery in public health. Apart from the usual doctoral milestones of coursework, the qualifying exam, and the dissertation, much of the doctoral process is self-directed. Identifying your goals for your doctoral experience and how to achieve them can be daunting. This conversation-based course is designed to provide students the tools to develop a personal strategy for successfully navigating the doctoral
experience. Through this course, doctoral students will identify their personal and professional goals and develop a personal plan for reaching these objectives and goals. Students will engage with faculty and other doctoral students to learn how they have successfully navigated through common training and scientific challenges. By interfacing with colleagues they will gain appreciation of the breadth of the public health field and the multiple sub-disciplines and approaches that are used to translate science into practice.
EPI 730 (2)

Grant Writing (Spring)


PhD students only. This course provides an opportunity to apply information learned in methods and substantive courses to the very practical task of gaining funding for research projects.
EPI 731 (3)

Analytical Foundation of Epidemiology (Spring)


PhD students only. Designed specifically for Epidemiology PhD students to learn statistical theory in the context of epidemiologic concepts and examples. The aim of the course is for students to understand the theories that underlie the statistical techniques used in epidemiologic research and to enhance critical think and integration of this material with broader epiemiologic principles.
EPI 738 (2)

Advanced Epidemiologic Methods I (Spring)


PhD Student Section. Prerequisites: EPI 530, EPI 534, BIOS 500, BIOS 501 or BIOS 591P (EPI 534 and BIOS 501 may be taken concurrently). Covers a wide variety of topics in epidemiological methodology. Topics include basic epidemiological measures, confounding, misclassification, selection bias, types of case-control studies, Berkson’s bias, matching, and
estimation of epidemiological parameters.
EPI 739 (2)

Advanced Epidemiological Methods II (Fall)


PhD students only. Prerequisite: EPI 530, EPI 534, BIOS 500, BIOS 510 (may be taken concurrently). Permission required. Deals with a variety of topics in quantitative epidemiological methodology. Topics include concepts of study design and the relationship to hazard rates and ratios, conditional logistic regression, polytomous logistic regression, continuation odds ratio models, and Poisson regression.
EPI 740 (3)

Epidemiological Modeling (Fall)


Prerequisites: EPI 530, EPI 534, BIOS 500, BIOS 501, or BIOS 591P. Epidemiologic modeling covers concepts, methods, and application of key mathematical modeling approaches used to evaluate multivariable data from epidemiologic studies: logistic regression, Cox regression, Poisson regression, collinearity, modeling strategy for determining a best model, goodness of fit, and ROC curves. This course also teaches a broader philosophy and approach for constructing the appropriate models for answering the question under study.
EPI 744 (2)

Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology (Fall)


Prerequisites: EPI 530 and EPI 534 or permission of instructor. A survey course to review the current knowledge about various topics related to factors that affect pregnancy outcome.
Introduces methodologic issues that are specific to these studies. Methodologic issues are addressed in the context of choosing study design options and evaluating current research,
including choice of study populations, prevalence issues, selection issues, confounding, misclassification, and etiologic heterogeneity.

EPI 746 (2)

Reproductive Epidemiology (Spring)


Prerequisite: EPI 504 or EPI 530. Reviews the epidemiology of human reproductive function and the methodologic issues involved in studying reproduction. Topics include male and female infertility, pregnancy loss, the impact of infectious diseases on reproduction, contraceptive efficacy, unintended pregnancy, and environmental and occupational impacts on

EPI 747 (2)

Methods in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (Fall)


Prerequisites: EPI 530, EPI 534, BIOS 500, and BIOS 501 or 591P or permission of instructor. Explores design and analysis issues specific to occupational and environmental epidemiology. Case studies representative of a variety of exposures, outcomes, and study designs are used to illustrate the application of epidemiological principles to the study of exposures occurring in the workplace and in the general environment. Cross-listed with EHS 747.

EPI 750 (3)

Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Epidemiological Research (Spring)

Prerequisite: EPI 530, EPI 534, EPI 740, and BIOS 500, BIOS 501 or 591P. Permission required. Offers methods for analyzing longitudinal data sets to evaluate epidemiological research
involving relationships between exposure and disease variables.
EPI 790R (1)

Epidemiology PhD Journal Club (Fall, Spring)


Presents discussions by invited guests, faculty, and students of special topics and research findings.
PhD students only.
EPI 791 (1) Teaching Epidemiology PhD students only. This course provides an opportunity for students to learn and apply principles and skills involved in organizing and teaching an introductory level course in epidemiologic methods. The course is designed to be taken concordantly with the student’s teaching assistantship experience. Topics include preparing lecture materials, evaluating students' learning, and diversity in the classroom (both culturally and with respect to learning styles). There will also be an opportunity for students to discuss teaching issues and challenges with their peers and the instructor, and to offer advice and solutions based on their experience. Students will also explore teaching more broadly, to include conveying important public health topics to a lay audience.
EPI 798/799R (VC) Research
(Fall, Spring, Summer)

Dissertation research. PhD students only.

TATTO 600 TATTO summer course (PhDs only)

TATTO 605 Teaching assistant assignment (PhDs only)

TATTO 610 Teaching associate assignment (PhDs only)

RES 999/PUBH MPH/MSPH graduate in residence Full-time status; must have completed all course hours.

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