EPI-Epidemiology

EPI 600. Introduction to Epidemiology. 3 Hours.

EPI 600 is an introductory course designed to teach graduate level public health students the basic principles, methods, and applications of epidemiology. This course is a CORE requirement for non-Epidemiology MPH majors.

EPI 600Q. Introduction to Epidemiology Online. 3 Hours.

EPI 600Q, Introduction to Epidemiology, is designed for graduate level public health students to learn the basic principles, methods, and applications of epidemiology. The course is a core requirement for MPH students who are not majoring in epidemiology. This course is a CORE requirement for non-Epidemiology MPH majors.

EPI 602. Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases. 4 Hours.

Application of epidemiologic principles to consideration of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, other chronic diseases. Emphasis on classification, rates, association, etiology, prevention, and control. Pertinent literature critically reviewed.
Prerequisites: EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]

EPI 602Q. The Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases Online. 4 Hours.

This course will explore the breadth and depth of the epidemiology of chronic diseases including classification, surveillance, frequency, distribution, etiology, natural history, risk factors, and control. It will address details of large-scale epidemiologic studies in cardiovascular diseases and cancer, and will discuss epidemiologic papers relating to the use of various study designs.
Prerequisites: EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C]

EPI 603. Injury-Epidemiologic Principles and Prevention Strategies. 3 Hours.

Concepts and methods of epidemiology applied to injury; epidemiology of major injury types, utilization of injury data sets; development and evaluation techniques of preventive strategies. EPI 600 or EPI 610 is a recommended prerequisite but is not required.

EPI 604. Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control: Field Studies in Developing Countries. 3 Hours.

The primary focus of the course is vector ecology and biology, infectious disease surveillance and control, and water and sanitation in a developing country, with an emphasis on field and community-based learning. This class will take place in Jamaica and you must be accepted by the Sparkman Center for Global Health.

EPI 605. Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. 4 Hours.

Introduction to basic principles of infectious disease epidemiology, surveillance, and control. This course will also include critical analysis of the magnitude, distribution, risk factors, and public health significance of selected infectious diseases in community and institutional settings. While the primary geographic focus is the U.S., international comparisons and perspectives will be included. Primary attention is neither on research methods nor on clinical and patholoci aspects of disease. 1 semester in PH master's program & biology background.
Prerequisites: EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]

EPI 605Q. Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases Online. 4 Hours.

This class provides an introduction to epidemiological concepts pertaining to various infectious diseases. Students will gain familiarity with epidemiologic characteristics of various infectious conditions significant in the United States and the world. Practical exercises, discussions will help in approaching “real world” problems.
Prerequisites: EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]

EPI 607. Fundamentals of Clinical Research. 3 Hours.

This course will provide an overview of principles and practices related to the study of determinants and outcomes of medical interventions. Methods for conducting epidemiologic research in the "clinic", assessing the validity of diagnostic and screening tests, measuring therapeutic efficacy and safety, and describing the natural history of disease will be reviewed. EPI 600 or EPI 610 is a recommended prerequisite but not required.

EPI 607Q. Fundamentals of Clinical Research Online. 3 Hours.

This course will provide an overview of principles and practices related to the study of determinants and outcomes of medical interventions. Methods for conducting epidemiologic research in the "clinic", assessing the validity of diagnostic and screening tests, measuring therapeutic efficacy and safety, and describing the natural history of disease will be reviewed. EPI 600 or EPI 610 is a recommended prerequisite but not required.

EPI 609. Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. 3 Hours.

The purpose of the course is to 1) introduce to students the emerging field of pharmacoepidemiology (PE) and comparative effectiveness research (CER); 2) to have an overview of the shared and unique methodological issues that commonly and negatively affects the validity and interpretation of PE and CER research; and 3) to introduce methods in study design and data analysis to address such issues. The course is a requirement for the MSPH Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research track. NOTE: Introductory training in epidemiology (EPI 610, BST 601 or BST 611) is recommended but not required.

EPI 610. Principles of Epidemiologic Research. 4 Hours.

Concepts and methods of epidemiology. Measures of disease frequency, study design and analysis, indices of disease and health; overview of major categories of acute and chronic disease, analysis of the epidemiologic data sets. Core requirement for Epidemiology majors. Prerequisites: Graduate status in Epidemiology or in another Public Health discipline; or permission of the course master.

EPI 610L. Principles of Epidemiologic Research - LAB. 0 Hours.

Principles of Epidemiologic Research lab.

EPI 610Q. Principles of Epidemiologic Research Online. 4 Hours.

EPI 610Q is the first in the series of methodological courses required of master’s students majoring in epidemiology. The official goal is provide a comprehensive introduction to epidemiology, the science of modern public health. In plain English, my goal for this course is to empower you to grapple with key methodologic issues in design and analysis of epidemiologic studies, whether your own or published by other researchers/clinicians.

EPI 611. Data Management of Epidemiologic and Clinical Study. 4 Hours.

Epidemiology is a combination of a subject matter science and research methodology. EPI 611 focuses on the latter component. The course extends knowledge of study designs introduced in EPI 610 as applied to human populations, including randomized trials and four types of observational studies (cohort, case-control, cross-sectional, ecological). Since cause-and- effect relations are at the heart of epidemiologic research, numerous related topics are taught in EPI 611 including causal inference, bias, and effect modification. Descriptive data analysis methods are integrated within each type of design. Preq: EPI 610.
Prerequisites: EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]

EPI 611L. Epidemiology Design and Analysis Lab. 0 Hours.

EPI 611 course and lab will focus on the research methodology for designing, implementing, analyzing and interpreting epidemiologic studies including randomized clinical trials and observational studies (case-control, cohort and cross-sectional).

EPI 614. Epidemiologic Methods Applied to Comparative Effectiveness Research. 3 Hours.

This course will focus on methodological issues pertaining to the design, analysis and interpretation of comparative effectiveness research studies. Special focus will be placed on comparative effectiveness research studies using a non-experimental design and large data base analyses. This course is intended for Master of Science in Public Health and doctoral students in epidemiology, biostatistics, or health care and policy. Doctoral students in other disciplines as well as others interested in comparative effectiveness research are also welcome to enroll with the instructor's permission.
Prerequisites: EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]

EPI 616. Environmental Epidemiology. 3 Hours.

Design and conduct of studies examining health effects of environmental exposures. Strengths and limitations of research strategies and interpretation of study results. Areas of interest include air and water pollution, lead, and biological marker outcomes.
Prerequisites: EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]

EPI 618. Fieldwork in Public Health. 2 Hours.

Application of public health principles in communicable disease control and environmental health programs carried out at Jefferson County Department of Health.
Prerequisites: EPI 605 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 610 [Min Grade: C]

EPI 619. Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology. 3 Hours.

The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the area of hospital epidemiology and infection prevention. Notably, the course will cover a review of basic epidemiological methodology, and will then focus on the main areas of surveillance that are critical to infection prevention in addition to methodologies that are specific to hospital epidemiology. Prerequisites: EPI 600, EPI 600Q, EPI 610, EPI 610Q or equivalent introduction to epidemiology course as approved by the course director.
Prerequisites: EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]

EPI 621. HIV/AIDS and STDs. 3 Hours.

Basic biology and pathogenesis, historical and current trends, domestic and international epidemiology, determinants of spread, immunogenetics and host susceptibility, options for prevention, surveillance and control of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) and HIV/AIDS. If not Public Health student permission of instructor is required.
Prerequisites: EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]

EPI 625. Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology. 3 Hours.

The course will provide students with the knowledge of how to perform basic analyses utilized in epidemiological research. The course will segmented into four modules, with three modules covering how to properly analyze ecological, cross-sectional, cohort, and case control study designs. The course will focus heavily on performing the analyses in SAS, and will continue to expand upon many of the concepts in SAS programming covered in EPI 626. The statistical methods covered will include, but are not limited to, bivariate analyses such as chi-square, t-test, and ANOVA; correlation; and regression methods such as logistic regression, Poisson regression, and Cox proportional hazards regression. The course requires students to have taken EPI 610 or EPI 610Q (Introduction to Epidemiology) and EPI 626 (Introduction to SAS Analysis), BST 601 (Biostatistics) or BST 611 (Intermediate Statistical Analysis I).
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C] and (EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 626 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 626Q [Min Grade: C])

EPI 625Q. Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology Online. 3 Hours.

The course will provide students with the knowledge of how to perform basic analyses utilized in epidemiological research. The course will segmented into four modules, with three modules covering how to properly analyze ecological, cross-sectional, cohort, and case control study designs. The course will focus heavily on performing the analyses in SAS, and will continue to expand upon many of the concepts in SAS programming covered in EPI 626. The statistical methods covered will include, but are not limited to, bivariate analyses such as chi-square, t-test, and ANOVA; correlation; and regression methods such as logistic regression, Poisson regression, and Cox proportional hazards regression. The course requires students to have taken EPI 610 or 610Q (Introduction to Epidemiology) and EPI 626 or EPI 626Q (Introduction to SAS Analysis), BST 601 or 601Q (Biostatistics) or BST 611 or BST 611Q (Intermediate Statistical Analysis I).
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C] and (EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 626 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 626Q [Min Grade: C])

EPI 626. Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS. 2 Hours.

The general content will be basic SAS programming focused on fundamental statistical procedures. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to do simple analysis and programming when given a SAS data set, and complete exercises from more advanced classes in epidemiology and biostatistics. Permission of instructor if not Public Health major.

EPI 626Q. Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS Online. 2 Hours.

The general content will be basic SAS programming focused on fundamental statistical procedures. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to do simple analysis and programming when given a SAS data set, and complete exercises from more advanced classes in epidemiology and biostatistics. Permission of instructor if not Public Health major.

EPI 627. Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Studies. 3 Hours.

Analyze data from an epidemiologic study, addressing a specific questions, and prepare a manuscript from the analysis. There are 3 possibilities regarding choice of data: 1) from a list of the instructor's datasets, 2) public use data, 3) from the student's research. Students working on an MSPH or another degree project may use data for that degree-project with approval of their advisor and course master. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to analyze data from an epidemiologic study and prepare a manuscript.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C] and (BST 612 [Min Grade: C] or BST 612Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 625 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 625Q [Min Grade: C])

EPI 627Q. Data Analysis and Presentation of EPI Studies Online. 3 Hours.

This course is designed for students who wish to increase their experience with the statistical analysis of data from epidemiologic studies. Students will also gain experience interpreting the results of those statistical analyses in the context of a scientific publication. Prior experience with epidemiologic study design and statistical analysis is required.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and (BST 612 [Min Grade: C] or BST 612Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 625 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 625Q [Min Grade: C])

EPI 635. Genetics in Public Health. 2 Hours.

This course will provide a topical overview of issues in public health genetics. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the complex issues involved in applying and integrating genetic technology and information into public health. Must have permission of instructor to register.

EPI 640. Cancer Epidemiology. 2 Hours.

This course will address methodologic and substantive issues in cancer epidemiology. The content will include definition, biological origins and pathological and clinical aspects of cancern; an introduction to information sources and methods in cancer epidemiology; the global burden of cancern; descriptive epidemiology and major risk factors for various forms of cancer; strategies for cancer prevention and the role of epidemiology in developing and evaluating those strategies. NOTE: Non-Degree students and interested students in other programs and schools are required to get intructors permission before attempting to register.
Prerequisites: EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C]

EPI 680. Topics in Clinical Research. 2 Hours.

Provide health sciences professionals interested in clinical trials, clinical epidemiology, and other forms of population research with both essential principles and specific technical knowledge in a variety of areas relevant to the conduct of biological and behavioral investigation of human subjects. NOTE: Limited to health professionals planning clinical research careers who have been accepted into the MSPH in Clinical Research. This course begins in the Spring term and extends into the Summer term. Registration for this course is during the Summer semester. Please contact the Program Coordinator for the course syllabus and course schedule.

EPI 681. Special Topics in Epidemiology Research. 3 Hours.

To engage infectious disease research practice encompassing design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation. Students participate in supervised research and/or in research design. Doctoral students are expected to engage in supervised research. NOTE: Permission of instructor.

EPI 682. Gorgas Course in Tropical Med. 3-9 Hours.

Hands-on exposure to tropical diseases and emerging pathogens in various teaching formats: didactic lectures, roundtables, laboratory work, clinical and hospital rounds, case conferences, computer training, field fied trips and independent study. Course is held in during the Spring Term in in Lima, Peru. NOTE:9 hours (3 or Course can be taken for 3, 6 hours are also accepted with or 9 hours; however, evaluation will be restricted to selected sections of the course). course. Spring (Freedman).

EPI 690. Population and Health Outcomes Research Seminar Series. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this class is to provide an opportunity for students interested in population and health outcomes research to participate in seminars related to methodology and career development and to present their work.

EPI 695. Epidemiology Seminar. 1 Hour.

The purpose of the epidemiology seminar series is to provide a venue for faculty and students of epidemiology to participate in the presentation of a variety of topics and concepts related to the field of epidemiology, biostatisstics and public health.

EPI 696. Masters Epidemiology Seminar. 3 Hours.

Critical evaluation of selected epidemiologic papers from published literature. Consideration of composition, study design, and validity of analysis. Editorial review and disposition of manuscripts.
Prerequisites: EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 610L [Min Grade: C] and EPI 611 [Min Grade: C]

EPI 697. Internship. 3 Hours.

The internship provides an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting in a position that carries responsibility and is of particular interest. EPI 697 is a 3-credit hour course requirement of all MPH-seeking students. In order to register for the internship course, students must have completed all public health core coursework. Usually, this means that students must wait until their 3rd semester to complete the internship. Students must complete a minimum of 180 contact hours with the organization during the semester in which they register for the internship.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] and (ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] or ENH 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C]) and (HB 600 [Min Grade: C] or HB 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HCO 600 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 600Q [Min Grade: C])

EPI 697Q. Internship Online. 3 Hours.

The internship provides an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting in a position that carries responsibility and is of particular interest. EPI 697 is a 3-credit hour course requirement of all MPH-seeking students. In order to register for the internship course, students must have completed all public health core coursework. Usually, this means that students must wait until their 3rd semester to complete the internship. Students must complete a minimum of 180 contact hours with the organization during the semester in which they register for the internship.
Prerequisites: (BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C]) and (ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] or ENH 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HB 600 [Min Grade: C] or HB 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HCO 600 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 600Q [Min Grade: C])

EPI 698. Master's Level Directed Research Epidemiology. 1-9 Hour.

Independent study with guidance of appropriate public health faculty.

EPI 699. Master's Level Project Research Epidemiology. 1-9 Hour.

Research for project under direction of research committee.
Prerequisites: GAC M

EPI 703. Grant Proposal Writing. 3 Hours.

To provide the student with information about grant writing and practice in preparing a grant proposal for submission. The proposal must relate to an epidemiologic topic. Human subjects issues are discussed. NOTE: Must be a doctoral student or obtain permission of instructor to enroll.

EPI 703Q. Grant Writing Online. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to help students develop the critical thinking and writing skills relevant to the preparation of a grant application. The course is most appropriate for doctoral candidates who are preparing their dissertation proposals.

EPI 704. Advanced Epidemiologic Methods. 3 Hours.

This course provides an advanced introduction to fundamental epidemiologic concepts and methods, including causal inference, bias, and study design. This course is the first course in the sequence of the three required core epidemiology courses for doctoral students in epidemiology.

EPI 706. The Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide exposure to the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease.

EPI 710. Analysis of Case Control Studies. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide doctoral students in epidemiology with practical experience in the analysis and interpretation of data from case-control studies. Specific aims are: To outline a strategy for data analysis and review relevant methodologic issues and to apply stratified analysis methods and regression models in the study of diseases of multifactorial etiology. Preq: Requires permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: EPI 704 [Min Grade: C]

EPI 712. Nutritional Epidemiology. 3 Hours.

Nutritional epidemiology will cover core concepts in human nutrition including nutrient classification, nutrient sources, nutritional deficiencies, nutritional excesses, recommended daily allowances, basic anthropometry, dietary assessment methods in free-living populations, validation of dietary assessment methods, identification of biomarkers of dietary intake, study designs used in nutritional epidemiology, issues in the analysis and presentation of dietary data, diet-disease associations, gene-diet associations and special topics in nutrition (e.g., folic acid and neural tube defects, fatty acids and the metabolic syndrome, diet and obesity, vitamin A and immune function, vitamins and mother-to-child transmission of HIV, etc).

EPI 713. Cancer Epidemiology and Control. 3 Hours.

In this course students will learn what is known about the causes of cancer and the control measures used to decrease cancer incidence, decrease cancer mortality, extend cancer survival, and improve quality of life for cancer patients.

EPI 720. Analysis of Follow-Up Studies. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide doctoral students in epidemiology with practical experience in the analysis and interprestation of data from follow-up studies. Specific aims are: to outline a strategy for data analysis and review relevant methodologic issues and to apply stratified analysis methods and regression modles in the study of diseases of multifactorial etiology.
Prerequisites: EPI 710 [Min Grade: C]

EPI 721. HIV/AIDS and STDs. 3 Hours.

The course will cover the epidemiology, prevention and control of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) including the human immune deficiency virus (HIV) infection in both the domestic and international settings. EPI 621 is intended as an elective for second year students and students who have a graduate degree in the Medical Health Professions who are enrolled in any degree track in the School of Public Health. It is considered an elective for the MPH and MSPH programs in Epidemiology. EPI 721 is intended only for doctoral students in the School of Public Health.
Prerequisites: EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]

EPI 731. Genetic Epidemiology. 4 Hours.

This course will cover core concepts of designs, methods and statistical tools in genetic epidemiology studies for determining the contribution of genes to disease risk. Methods for incorporating genetic markers into conventional epidemiologic study desgins as risk factors including genetic risk models, familial correlations, migration and admixture, quantitaitve and qualtative traits, association and linkage analyses in family based designs, allele/haplotype frequency estimation, Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium and linkage disequilibrium and application in both family and population based studies will be discussed. Methods for gene-gene and gene-environment interaction assessment, genome wide association studies are also presented. Students not meeting the prerequisites must get permission from the instructor.
Prerequisites: (EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C]) and (BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 621 [Min Grade: C])

EPI 731L. Genetic Epidemiology Lab. 0 Hours.

EPI 731 course and lab will cover core concepts of design, methods and statistical tools in genetic epidemiology studies for determining the contribution of genes to disease risk.

EPI 781. Special Topics in Epidemiology Research. 3 Hours.

To engage infectious disease research practice, encompassing design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation. Students participate in supervised research and/or in research design.NOTE: Doctoral students are expected to engage in supervised research and must obtain permission of instructor.

EPI 788. Principles and Methods in Molecular Epidemiology. 4 Hours.

Molecular biology and its relevance to the epidemiology, etiology and natural history of human diseases. The course will develop knowledge and skills in molecular biology, genetics and epidemiology methods, and facilitate the application of this information to evaluate susceptibility, etiology, natural history, treatment, and prevention of diseases. 4 hours (Brown).

EPI 790. Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology. 2 Hours.

In depth study of several areas of epidemiologic methodology not covered in other courses. Students responsible for selecting and presenting topics. Considerable reading and outside preparation required. NOTE: Requires permission of instructor.

EPI 793. DrPH Practicum. 6 Hours.

Field experience course that bridges professional academic preparation and advanced public health practice. A final grade for the course will be awarded by the faculty practicum advisor and based upon the practicum mentor/supervisor's evaluation and the student's final product.

EPI 795. Epidemiology Seminar. 1 Hour.

The purpose of the epidemiology seminar series is to provide a venue for faculty and students of epidemiology to participate in the presentation of a variety of topics and concepts related to the field of epidemiology, biostatistics and public health.

EPI 797. Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Data. 2 Hours.

To gain experience with the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of epidemiologic data by successfully analyzing a data set and presenting the results in the form of a publication quality manuscript. NOTE: Restricted to PhD students in Epidemiology. Permission of instructor.

EPI 798. Doctoral Level Directed Research Epidemiology. 1-9 Hour.

Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty.

EPI 799. Dissertation Research. 1-9 Hour.

Research for dissertation under direction of dissertation committee.
Prerequisites: GAC Z