Epidemiology

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Degree Offered:Ph.D., M.P.H, M.S.P.H.
Interim Chair:Gerald McGwin, MS, PhD
Phone:(205) 975-7699
Web site:www.soph.uab.edu/epi
Department Contact:Kimberly Hawkins King
Department Contact E-mail:hawkinsk@uab.edu

What is Epidemiology?

Epidemiology is the study of trends, patterns, and causes related to disease in populations. Students who concentrate in epidemiology are interested in how diseases spread among given populations. Epidemiologists create complex analytical models to help us understand the causes of and solutions to these diseases more clearly.

Graduates of the UAB Epidemiology program have found employment in academia, research organizations and foundations, industry, public and private health services delivery organizations, and international agencies. Many of our doctoral graduates have faculty positions.

Master's Programs' Learning Objectives:

Graduates with a Master's degree in epidemiology are expected to:

  1. To be able to describe the epidemiology of the most important diseases, injuries and causes of death in the U.S.
  2. To understand the principles of epidemiological study design and analysis.
  3. To  recognize  the  circumstances  in  which  specific  designs  are  appropriate  for  an investigation, and to identify strategies to minimize and prevent bias in studies.
  4. To design data collection, entry and management procedures for epidemiological studies.
  5. To compute common epidemiological measures of disease occurrence and association, and to perform hypothesis testing and interval estimation on those measures.
  6. To understand published reports of epidemiological studies and to critically evaluate the data presented.
  7. To  propose  a  methodologically  sound  study  design  for  the  evaluation  of  a  new hypothesis. (MSPH program)
  8. To manage one or more components of a research project, including form design, database design and management, statistical analysis and report writing. (MSPH program)


In addition, graduates of the MSPH degree program are also expected to:

  • propose a methodologically sound study design for the evaluation of a new hypothesis; and
  • manage one or more components of a research project, including instrument design, database design and management, statistical analysis and report writing.

Admission Requirements

 Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the UAB School of Public Health and must demonstrate their aptitude for biological sciences and mathematics by virtue of their college transcripts and GRE scores. The Department of Epidemiology admits MPH students for the Fall and Spring term each year. Interested applicants should apply at: www.sophas.org.

Entry Term Deadline
Deadline for Entry Term(s):US Applicants: Fall - July 15; International Applicants: Fall – May 15
US & International Applicants Spring - November 1
US & International Applicants Summer – April 1
GPA:3.0
Number of Letters of Recommendation Required:Three
Entrance Tests: GREVerbal is 147 and Quantitative is 150
TOEFL:TOEFL is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.
SOPH Graduate Catalog:www.soph.uab.edu/catalog
SOPH Admissions:www.soph.uab.edu/graduate/prospective

For Additional Information

If you have questions please contact Ms. Kimberly Hawkins King at hawkinsk@uab.edu

School of Public Health's Catalog

MPH in Epidemiology
(including 5th Year; also offered fully online)

The MPH degree consists of a 42 credit hour minimum. The curriculum includes the MPH Core (21 credit hours). School of Public Health Requirements (3-6 credit hours), EPI Methods Track Requirements (5 credit hours), Internship requirement (3 credit hours), required Chronic Diseases or Infectious Diseases elective (4 credit hours) and at least 6 or more credit hours of approved electives,

Students who have professional degrees, usually assume faculty or research positions in academia or management positions in government or industry. For students without a prior doctoral degree (i.e., students with a general undergraduate degree) or relevant health- related work experience, they usually assume mid-level positions in academia, industry, government, or practice based public health organizations. The typical length of time required for full-time students to complete the 42 hour program is 4 to 5 semesters, or 16 to 20 months.

Curriculum:

MPH Core Sequence Requirement: All MPH core courses MUST be taken in the first two semesters of enrollment except for PUH 695: Integrative Experience, which MUST be taken in the last semester of enrollment or graduation term. MPH students can take the Internship course (EPI 697) as early as their first Summer term of enrollment. 

SOPH Course Requirement: The PUH 627 Writing & Reviewing Research course (or GRD 727) is offered every semester and MUST be taken within the first year of enrollment (first Fall, Spring, or Summer term).

RequirementsHours
MPH Core Requirements 21
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
EPI 625Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 600Introduction to Population Based Health Programs3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirements3-6
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Epidemiology Methods Track Requirements5
EPI 626Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS2
EPI 627Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Studies3
Internship3
EPI 697Internship3
Required EPI Electives (Choose one of the following)4
EPI 602Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases4
EPI 605Epidemiology of Infectious Disease4
Electives (Choose from following courses)6
EPI 603Injury-Epidemiologic Principles and Prevention Strategies3
EPI 607Fundamentals of Clinical Research3
EPI 609Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research3
EPI 614Epidemiologic Methods Applied to Comparative Effectiveness Research2
EPI 616Environmental Epidemiology3
EPI 618Fieldwork in Public Health2
EPI 621HIV/AIDS and STDs3
EPI 635Genetics in Public Health2
EPI 695Epidemiology Seminar1
EPI 698Master's Level Directed Research Epidemiology1-9
BST 613Intermediate Statis Analy III3
BST 619Data Collection and Management3
BST 626Data Management and Reporting with SAS3
Total Hours42

School of Public Health's Catalog

The Department of Epidemiology has the following Masters of Science in Public Health Tracks

  • Masters of Science in Public Health in Applied Epidemiology (MSPH-EPAP)
  • Masters of Science in Public Health in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research (MSPH-PCER)
  • Masters of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science (MSPH-CTE)

Degree Requirement

Students enrolled in our MSPH degree program are required to complete the “Overview of Public Health” course by the end of their second semester of enrollment. This is a 37 hour self-paced online course that will provide students with broad knowledge of the different disciplines of public health and how they are related.

Prospective students should use this checklist to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply to Graduate School.



MSPH in Applied Epidemiology

The MSPH in Applied Epidemiology is an academic degree designed for students who wish to receive education and training in epidemiologic applied research methods. Completion of the required core classes (22 credit hours, including 9 hours of independent research), Applied Epidemiology Track requirements (11 hours), required Chronic Diseases or Infectious Diseases elective course (4 hours), and Track-Specific Relevant Electives (5 hours).

Completion of didactic course work, a research project and final thesis defense are required. This degree can be completed in four semesters (from Fall to Fall), or in 16-20 months of full- time coursework.

Course Requirements

A total of 42 credit hours must be earned to receive the MSPH in Applied Epidemiology degree. At least 9 credit hours must be research credits. Prior to, or at the time of matriculation, the student and advisor must agree on the courses the student will take to fulfill these requirements.

RequirementsHours
MSPH Core Requirements22
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
EPI 625Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology3
Masters Level Research Requirements9
EPI 699Master's Level Project Research Epidemiology (Minimum of 9 hours)1-9
Applied EPI Track Requirements11
EPI 626Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS2
EPI 627Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Studies3
BST 625Design/Conduct Clinical Trials3
BST Advanced Elective: Suggested options: BST 655, BST 6653
Required EPI Elective (4 hours; Choose from the following 2 courses.)4
EPI 602Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases4
EPI 605Epidemiology of Infectious Disease4
Track-Specific Relevant Electives (5 hours)5
Total Credit Hours42


Masters of Science in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research

The MSPH in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research degree is designed for students who wish to receive education and training in Epidemiology methods important to the fields of Pharmacoepidemioloy and Comparative Effectiveness Research. Completion of the required core classes (22 credit hours including 9 hours of independent research), Pharmacoepidemiology Track Requirements (10 hours), required Chronic Diseases or Infectious Diseases elective course (4 hours), and Track-Specific Relevant electives (7 hours). A total of 43 credit hours must be earned for the MSPH in Pharmacoepidemiology degree.

Completion of didactic course work, a research project and final thesis defense (i.e., a publishable thesis paper and final presentation) are also required. The degree can be completed in as little as 4 semesters (from Fall to Fall), or in 16-20 months of full-time coursework.

Curriculum

A total of 43 credit hours must be earned to receive the MSPH in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. Of these 43 total hours, 22 hours are taken to complete the Core requirement (9 semester hours of required masters level project research EPI 699 is included in the 25 core credit hours). Students then complete 10 hours of PCER Track courses, 4 hours of a required Epidemiology chronci disease or infectious disease course, and 7 hours of Track-Specific relevant electives (with the advisor's approval). During the last term of enrollment or final term of graduation, the student is required to complete his/her final thesis paper and presentation. The paper is expected to be of publishable quality.

RequirementsHours
MSPH Core Requirements 22
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
EPI 625Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology3
Masters Level Research Requirements9
EPI 699Master's Level Project Research Epidemiology (Minimum of 9 hours)1-9
PCER Track Requirements10
EPI 609Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research3
EPI 614Epidemiologic Methods Applied to Comparative Effectiveness Research2
EPI 626Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS2
GRD 717Principles of Scientific Integrity3
Required EPI Elective (4 credits; Choose from the following 2 courses)4
EPI 602Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases4
EPI 605Epidemiology of Infectious Disease4
Track-Specific Relevant Electives7
Total Credit Hours43

 
MSPH in Clinical and Translational Science

There is a growing interest in medical and other health science schools in developing the clinical research skills of faculty members and fellows. This interest has been fueled by increased support from the NIH to prepare such individuals to meet the demand for clinical investigators in the field.   Locally, the Schools of Medicine and Public Health have combined efforts to create a training program for young faculty members and fellows from a variety of disciplines.

This program is a post-medical degree training program, aimed primarily at fellows and faculty members interested in developing skills required for clinical research. It is anticipated that this academic training will supplement extensive training in the content area in which the student is trained, and senior mentoring in the politics and policies of project development and management. A graduate of this program will have the academic training to develop and lead independent research programs and projects.

Curriculum

The MSPH in Clinical Research consists of 42 semester hours. Of these, 22 hours consist of the Core Requirements, including 9 hours of Directed Research. Students also complete 8 hours of requirements within the Clinical Research Track. Students then select from either the Chronic Diseases or Infectious Diseases required elective (4 hours), and finally complete 8 hours of track specific relevant electives.  These electives are based on course relevance and specific interest of the student. Note: The student should consult their advisor for approval of these 9 hours of
electives. The MSPH requires a research project, thesis and final defense during the graduation term.

RequirementsHours
Required Core Courses22
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
EPI 625Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology3
Masters Level Research 9
EPI 698Master's Level Directed Research Epidemiology (minimum 9 hours)1-9
Clinical Research Track Requirements (Choose one of the following courses)8
EPI 607Fundamentals of Clinical Research3
BST 625Design/Conduct Clinical Trials3
EPI 680Topics in Clinical Research2
GRD 717Principles of Scientific Integrity3
Required EPI Electives (4 hours; Choose one of the following courses)4
EPI 602Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases4
EPI 605Epidemiology of Infectious Disease4
Track-Specific Relevant Electives 8
Minimum Credit Hours Required42

School of Public Health's Catalog

PhD in Epidemiology

The goal of the Epidemiology Ph.D. program is to prepare exceptionally qualified individuals for a career of research and teaching in the field of epidemiology.
Specific areas of concentration within the broader field of epidemiology are available. These include occupational epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, epidemiologic methods, molecular epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and genetic epidemiology. The aim of the Ph.D. program is to provide students with a firm background in epidemiology, biometry, and information management. Candidates who complete the program will have mastered the skills required for conducting independent research in epidemiology. Students have the opportunity to obtain instruction in the basic sciences outside the School of Public Health. Students completing the Ph.D. program acquire specific research skills in epidemiology that are applicable to both basic science and public health research.

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is administered by the UAB Graduate School. The degree is granted in recognition of scholarly proficiency and distinctive achievement in a specific field of academic study.

The Director of the Epidemiology Ph.D. program is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School in consultation with the Dean of the School of Public Health. The current Program Director is Dr. Sadeep Shrestha. Program policy is established by Graduate School Faculty holding primary and secondary appointments in the Department of Epidemiology within the guidelines of and in compliance with the general rules and regulations of the Graduate School as well as the School of Public Health. Changes in academic policy in the School of Public Health are generally initiated through the Educational Policy Committee (EPC). Decisions of the EPC are subject to approval by the School of Public Health Faculty.

Curriculum

The PhD program emphasizes epidemiologic study design and data analysis. The program is comprised of advanced course work (both didactic and of an unstructured nature) and is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified individuals for a career of research and teaching. A minimum of 60 credit hours must be earned to receive the PhD in Epidemiology degree. Of this 60 credit hour minimum, 24 hours must be earned in doctoral level didactic Epidemiology courses and/or Biostatistics courses and at least 12 hours of directed research EPI 798 and 12 hours of dissertation research EPI 799 must be taken. Students must also complete at least two full semesters in candidacy (EPI 799 credits) before being allowed to graduate.

RequirementsHours
Required Courses 18
BST 621Statistical Methods I3
BST 622Statistical Methods II3
EPI 703Special Topics in the Epidemiology of Chronic Disease3
EPI 704Advanced Epidemiologic Methods3
EPI 710Analysis of Case Control Studies3
EPI 720Analysis of Follow-Up Studies3
At least two additional doctoral level Epidemiology courses - Select from the following:
EPI 713Cancer Epiemiology and Control3
EPI 721HIV/AIDS and STDs3
EPI 731Genetic Epidemiology4
EPI 731LGenetic Epidemiology Lab0
EPI 781Special Topics in Epidemiology Research3
EPI 788Principles and Methods in Molecular Epidemiology4
At least two (2) advanced level Biostatistics courses
BST 665Survival Analysis3
BST 623General Linear Models3
BST 640Nonparametric Methods3
BST 660Applied Multivariate Analysis3
BST 670Sampling Methods3
BST 661Structural Equation Modelling3
BST 671Meta-Analysis3
BST 723Theory of Linear Models3
BST 735Advanced Inference4
BST 740Bayesian Analysis3
BST 750Stochastic Modeling3
BST 760Generalized Linear and Mixed Models3
At least one of the following doctoral courses:
ENH 722Integrated Biomedical Science for Environmental Health III3
HB 714Survey Research Methods3
HCO 711Child Health and Development: Womb to Young to Adulthood3
GBS 721Genetic Epidemiology2
GBS 757Biology of Disease3
GBSC 715Molecular Basis of Disease3
Required Doctoral Seminars4
EPI 790Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology (Minimum of 4 hours)2
Doctoral Level Research24
EPI 798Doctoral Level Directed Research Epidemiology (Minimum of 24 hours)1-9
EPI 799: Dissertation Research (Register after admission to candidacy)12
EPI 799Dissertation Research (Minimum of 12 hours)1-9
At least one course related to Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
GRD 717Principles of Scientific Integrity3
Minimum Credit Hour60

Courses

EPI 600. Intro to Epidemiology. 3 Hours.

Principles of epidemiologic thinking. Measures of disease frequency and association. Determinants of disease and distribution of factors influencing health and disease in populations. Epidemiology of disease of public health importance today. This course is a CORE requirement for non-Epidemiology MPH majors.

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

Principles of epidemiologic thinking. Measures of disease frequency and association. Determinants of disease and distribution of factors influencing health and disease in populations. Epidemiology of disease of public health importance today. 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]

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.

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 recommended prerequisite.
Prerequisites: EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C]

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 Disease. 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]

EPI 605Q. Epidemiology of Infectious Disease 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.

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. NOTE: Introductory training in epidemiology (e.g., EPI 600 or EPI 610) is recommended but not required; or permission of Instructor.

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. NOTE: Introductory training in epidemiology (e.g., EPI 600 or EPI 610) is recommended but not required; or permission of Instructor.

EPI 609. Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. 3 Hours.

This course will provide an overview of epidemiologic methods applied to the study of utilization and safety of drugs in large numbers of individuals and an overview of issues and methods used in comparative effectiveness research on drugs, other medical interventions and medical care delivery. Note: EPI 610, BST 601 or BST 611 are recommended but not required.
Prerequisites: EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 610L [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C]

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.

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

Principles of Epidemiologic Research lab.

EPI 610Q. Principles of Epidemiologic Research Online. 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.

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]

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. 2 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.
Prerequisites: EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] and BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [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]

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 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.

EPI 623. Intro SAS Sftware. 1 Hour.

The Introduction to SAS Software course will run for seven two-hour sessions. The first hour will be dedicated to lectures that will include writing and running SAS codes by the instructor. In the second hour, students are expected to perform a series of tasks in class.

EPI 625. Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology. 3 Hours.

An introduction to multivariate techniques and survival analysis as they pertain to epidemiologic data and critical reading of corresponding literature, specifically, logistic regression, log-linear modeling, Poisson regression, life tables, Kaplan-Meier survival curves, and Cox proportional hazards modeling.
Prerequisites: EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 626 [Min Grade: C]

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

An introduction to multivariate techniques and survival analysis as they pertain to epidemiologic data and critical reading of corresponding literature, specifically, logistic regression, log-linear modeling, Poisson regression, life tables, Kaplan-Meier survival curves, and Cox proportional hazards modeling.
Prerequisites: EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 626 [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 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 625 [Min Grade: C] and (BST 626 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 626 [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 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 626 [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 publuc health.

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.
Prerequisites: EPI 605 [Min Grade: C]

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 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.

Field experience under joint direction of appropriate public health faculty member and qualified specialists working in selected aspects of public health.
Prerequisites: BST 600 [Min Grade: C] or (BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C]) and ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] and HB 600 [Min Grade: C] and HCO 600 [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. Each placement is different, but all depend upon completion of most coursework, the ability to work with minimal supervision, and acquiring permission of the student’s SOPH advisor and on-site preceptor/supervisor.

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.

EPI 703. Special Topics in the Epidemiology of Chronic Disease. 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 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.

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 Epiemiology 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.

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.
Prerequisites: EPI 605 [Min Grade: C]

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 D

Faculty

Affuso, Olivia Thomas, Associate Professor, 2006, Ph.D. (North Carolina - Chapel Hill), Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention
Akinyemiju, Omotomilayo, Assistant Professor, 2014, Ph.D. (Michigan), Health disparities in cnacer in the U.S. and in Africa
Aslibekyan, Stella, Assistant Professor, 2013, Ph.D. (Brown), Genome- and epigenome-wide studies of cardiometabolic traits, integrative approaches to "big data," and gene-diet interactions.
Carson, April, Associate Professor; Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, 2008, M.S.P.H., Ph.D., (North Carolina - Chapel Hill), Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Diabetes Epidemiology, Health Disparities
Griffin, Russell, Assistant Professor, 2012, Ph.D. (UAB), Improving quality of care among trauma and burn patients, utilization of peritoneal dialysis in rural populations, and predictors of acute kidney injury among neonates.
Hidalgo, Bertha, Assistant Professor, 2014, Ph.D. (UAB), Health disparities, genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, cardiometabolic diseases, Latino health.
Howard, Virginia, Professor , 1999, Ph.D. (Medical University - South Carolina), Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology, Stroke Epidemiology.
Irvin, M. Ryan, Assistant Professor , 2011, Ph.D. (UAB), Genetic Epidemiology of Cardiometabolic Diseases; Pharmacogenetics.
Jolly, Pauline, Professor, 1991, M.P.H., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins), Infectious Disease Epidemiology, International Health and Global Studies.
Kaslow, Richard, Professor Emeritus, 1995, M.P.H., M.D. (Harvard), Epidemiology of Infection and Immunity
Levitan, Emily B., Associate Professor , 2009, Sc.D. (Harvard, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Epidemiologic Methods
McGwin, Gerald, Professor and Interim Chair of Epidemiology, 1996, M.S. (Harvard), Ph.D. (UAB), Injury Epidemiology, Ophthalmic Epidemiology, Epidemiologic Methods
Muntner, Paul, Professor (Epidemiology and Medicine) , 2009, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins), Renal Disease Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Epidemiology
Ojesina, Akinyemi, Assistant Professor, 2015, Ph.D. (Harvard), Translational genomics, integrative molecular epidemiology, oncology, infectious disease, and global health, with a primary focus on infection-related cancers including HIV-associated malignancies) and women’s cancers.
Roseman, Jeffrey, Professor Emeritus , 1977, M.D. (Chicago), Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Diabetes Epidemiology, Injury Epidemiology
Rowe, Kimberly, Assistant Professor, 2014, Ph.D. (Yale), Health disparities, cardiovascular disease, stroke, quality of care, pediatrics.
Sathiakumar, Nalini, Professor , 1988, M.D., Dr.PH., Environmental Epidemiology, Occupational Epidemiology, Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Shrestha, Sadeep, Associate Professor , 2005, M.S., M.H.S., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins), Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology
Skibola, Christine, Professor, 2012, P.h.D. (University of California - Berkley), Molecular epidemiology, toxicology and genomics, aimed at identifying genetic and environment risk factors of chronic disease with an emphasis in lymphoma, and to determine the mechanisms involved
Waterbor, John W., Associate Professor , 1985, M.S., M.D., Dr. PH., Cancer Epidemiology and Control, Injury Epidemiology and Control, Epidemiologic Methods
Wilson, Craig, Professor; Director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health, 2007, M.D., Infectious Disease Epidemiology; International Health and Global Studies
Wright, Nicole, Assistant Professor, 2012, Ph.D. (Arizona), Outcomes and effectiveness research in musculoskeletal diseases, particularly osteoporosis.
Yun, Huifeng, Research Assistant Professor, 2012, Ph.D., Study design, analysis, and methodological development using a variety of data systems, including electronic medical records, Medicare, Medicaid, SEER, commercial administrative data, and patient surveys.
Zhang, Jie, Assistant Professor, 2012, Ph.D. (UAB), Pharmacoepidemiology, which examines the use, efficacy, and safety of medications, musculoskeletal disease including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and lupus