Applied Epidemiology Courses

AEPI 530D Applied Epidemiology I (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: PRS 500D or by special permission.
Emphasizes the concepts and premises of the science of epidemiology. Introduces techniques for quantifying the amount of disease (or other health indicator) in the populations, followed by discussion of epidemiologic study designs useful for identifying etiologic factors and other relevant correlates of disease. The concepts of random variability, bias, and effect modification are examined. (Prerequisite-College Algebra)

AEPI 534D Applied Epidemiology II (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: BIOS 516D and AEPI 530D or by special permission.
Continuing from Applied Epidemiology I, further insight into confounding is explored as well as effect modification. Methods of hypothesis formulation and analysis of 2x2 tables (point estimation and confidence intervals) are described in detail as well as sample size calculations. Different approaches to control for extraneous variables in the design of studies are presented, such as randomization, matching, and restriction. The use of stratification for assessing effect modification and confounding is provided followed by an introduction to mathematical modeling. In stratification, how to calculate and interpret tests for interaction, adjusted point estimates, and confidence limits around the adjusted estimates are covered. Issues in the use of matching in case-control studies and cohort studies are presented. Statistical packages such as SAS and OpenEpi are used.

AEPI 536D Epidemiological Modeling (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: BIOS 516D, BIOS 517D, AEPI 530D and AEPI 534D or by special permission
Methods for analyzing multivariable data in order to evaluate epidemiological research relationships between exposure and disease variables. Includes logistic regression (conditional and unconditional), risk ratio regression, risk difference regression, and survival analysis.

AEPI 538D Applied Data Analysis (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: BIOS 516D, BIOS 517D, BIOS 518D, AEPI 530D, AEPI 534D and AEPI 536D or by special permission.
The purpose of this course is to prepare the student for actual analysis of epidemiologic data from case-control or cohort studies. It demonstrates, and gives the student an opportunity to explore, the methods taught in the epidemiology methods sequence. The student will develop a hypothesis, and test it using an epidemiologic database with stratified analysis and logistic regression techniques. The student also will use conditional logistic regression. It is expected that this course will help prepare Executive MPH students for analyzing their Thesis data.

AEPI 540D Case Studies in Infectious Disease (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: BIOS 516D, BIOS 517D, BIOS 518D, AEPI 530D, and AEPI 534D or by special permission.
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.

AEPI 545D Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: BIOS 516D, BIOS 517D, BIOS 518D, AEPI 530D, and AEPI 534D or by special permission.
This course builds on students’ foundation in epidemiologic methods and concepts and introduces them to selected public health issues for MCH populations including non-pregnant reproductive aged women, pregnant women, fetus’ and infants, and children and adolescents. The arena of MCH is a unique blend of science, policy, and advocacy; this course introduces students to the epidemiologic and analytic tools which help identify and measure MCH health issues and communicate this evidence to inform public health action. Recurring themes will be on interpretation of indicators and measures, MCH health through the lens of a life course perspective, and the relevance of health disparities to MCH research and practice.

AEPI 555D Chronic Disease Epidemiology (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: BIOS 516D, BIOS 517D, BIOS 518D, AEPI 530D, AEPI 534D and AEPI 536D or by special permission.
Emphasis is placed on 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.

AEPI 565D: Advanced Modeling (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: AEPI 530D, AEPI 534D, AEPI 536D and AEPI 538D or by special permission.
Advanced Modeling will cover multivariate methods for analyzing epidemiologic data that involve examining associations between exposures and outcomes for which the outcome data are the time to an event, event rates, or a count of events. The course covers survival analysis and Poisson regression.

AEPI 599R Thesis (4 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 EMPH credit hours or by special permission.  
Provides an opportunity to integrate the content and skills learned in the academic setting through the participation in scholarly research or other culminating project.

APHI 501D Applied Public Health Informatics (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: PRS 500D or by special permission
This course introduces the mid-career learner to the emerging field of public health informatics through an overview of public health informatics areas of focus, information management techniques, and key information technology principles. The course enables participants to apply the technologies and methodologies available to improve the use and management of information for problem solving and decision making. Topics include types of data resources available, evaluating data in its context, and ways that the data may be used to affect outcomes. The course is designed for public health professionals and assumes no background in information technologists or public health informatics. [Applied Public Health Informatics students take APHI 520D instead of APHI 501D.]

BIOS 516D Applied Biostatistics I (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: PRS 500D or by special permission
This course covers fundamental concepts and methods used in data analysis. These include techniques in graphical and numerical descriptive statistics, elementary probability calculation using the normal distribution, point and confidence interval estimation and hypothesis testing for population means and proportions, differences between means and between proportions, and contingency table analyses (including risk ratio and odds ratio). Students will use SAS to perform the statistical analysis. Requirements include weekly homework, weekly quizzes, Midterm and Final Exams, and data analysis project.

BIOS 517D Applied Biostatistics II (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: BIOS 516D
BIOS 517D is the follow-up course to BIOS 516D. This course starts with a review of the previous course, focusing on power and sample size. Nonparametric analogues of the parametric tests introduced in the preceding semester are also covered. Students then learn about linear regression and analysis of variance (ANOVA). A good grasp of the statistical methods taught in this course is necessary to conduct biomedical and public health research and to comprehend what is reported in the published literature. This course is also a prerequisite to BIOS 518D, which is a course on longitudinal data analysis.

BIOS 518D Applied Biostatistics III (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: BIOS 516D, BIOS 517D
BIOS 518D is the follow-up to BIOS 517D. This course starts with ANOVA and ANACOVA and post-ANOVA multiple comparison procedures for cross-sectional data. It then introduces students to longitudinal data analysis. As in previous courses, students first learn to create descriptive and graphical summaries appropriate to longitudinal data prior to conducting formal inference. Students are introduced to multilevel models and extend the methods to more complex analytic situations that involve curvilinear and discontinuous growth trajectories and complex risk profiles, the inclusion of time-varying covariates, and the testing of complex interactions among time-invariant and time-varying predictors.

PRS 500D Strategies and Resources for Online Learning (0 credit hours)

Strategies and Resources for Online Learning is a requirement for all new students in the Executive MPH program. This Online Orientation is the first introduction for students to Executive MPH courses and the Blackboard Learning platform. This course will orient students to the design and structure of Executive MPH courses, provide instruction on course navigation and use of Blackboard Tools, and simulate activities that you will participate regularly in your academic courses. The assignments throughout the course will help you prepare for your first semester. Students are required to participate in the course and complete the assignments as scheduled. [This 10-14 day course is taken prior to enrollment in the first fall semester.]

PRS 561D Public Health Advocacy (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: HPM 500D or by special permission
Public Health Advocacy (PRS 561D) introduces students to the systems of law and policy that influence health and public health in the U.S. and globally. Prepares students to lead the transformation of laws and policies to meet the health challenges of the 21st Century. Uses case studies to address basic legal concepts such as sources of law, ethical foundations of law, constitutional law, the tension between individual rights and public health, the law-making process, police powers, the courts and the relationship between the federal government and states. Draws from legal, political science, and behavioral science theory and applies theories for creating change to real world public health issues and covers practical techniques and approaches to policy formulation, strategic policy communications, legislative advocacy, and program development.

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PRS 565D Public Health Ethics (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: At least 6 hours of EMPH credit preferably after completing 1 BIOS course and 1 AEPI course or by special permission.
This course is designed to provide learners with an overview of general ethical perspectives and principles, and an understanding of how these ethical theories and constructs have been applied in medicine, bioethics, and law. This will form the basis for exploring the evolution of public health ethics and applying these lessons to practice.

PRS 595R Practicum (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: Completion of 6 EMPH credit hours or by special permission
Enables students to apply skills and knowledge in an applied setting through a supervised field training experience in a public health setting that complements the student’s interests and career goals.