Epidemiology

Prospective students should visit http://www.soph.uab.edu/apply to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply.

Degree Offered: Ph.D., M.P.H, M.S.P.H.
Interim Chair: Emily B. Levitan, ScD
Phone: (205) 975-7699
Website: 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.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (also offered Online)
  • MPH Fast Track (5th Year Program)
  • Master of Science in Public Health in Applied Epidemiology
  • Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science
  • Master of Science in Public Health in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology

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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. 

Entry Term Deadline
Master Program Deadline: www.soph.uab.edu/apply
PhD Program Deadline: May 15
GPA: 3.0
Number of Letters of Recommendation Required: Three
Entrance Tests: GRE www.soph.uab.edu/apply
TOEFL: TOEFL is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.
SOPH Admissions: www.soph.uab.edu/apply
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Master of Public Health in Epidemiology
  Including the MPH Fast Track Program and Online Degree Program

This MPH in Epidemiology program is intended for persons who anticipate careers in public health practice. In addition, students who wish to enter doctoral-level training should consider majoring in epidemiology at the master's level. Graduates of the MPH in Epidemiology may assume faculty or research positions in academia or management positions in government or industry if they have other professional degrees (e.g., MD, DDS) as well. Graduates of the program without professional credentials generally assume mid-level positions in academia, industry or government. The MPH in Epidemiology in-person program typically takes 4 semesters or 16 months of full-time coursework to complete. Part-time coursework generally takes students at least 6-8 semesters to complete.

Curriculum

For full-time students in our MPH program, and for those students who opt to complete our accelerated graduation plan...all core courses can be completed within 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 (with the exception of graduation in the Summer term, when students would register for PUH 695 in the Spring term). For in-person on campus MPH students, BST 601, EPI 610, EPI 626 and HCO 600 can be taken in the first Fall term of enrollment for a total of 13 credit hours. EPI 625, ENH 600, and HB 600 (with an optional elective) can be taken in the first Spring term of enrollment. MPH students are eligible to register for the required Internship course (EPI 697) as early as their first Summer term of enrollment, or when all core classes have been completed. Students then have the option to choose to register for our 4 credit hour elective course selecting from Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases or Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. Students are finally required to register for 9 credit hours of electives with the selection from a list of the most popular Epidemiology elective classes. If students opt to register for both EPI of Chronic Diseases (4 hours) and EPI of Infectious Diseases (4 hours), one of the 4 credit hour classes will be able to be counted towards the 9 credit hours of elective coursework requirement.
 

RequirementsHours
MPH Core Requirements
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
EPI 625Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services4
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience3
Epidemiology Methods Track Requirements
EPI 626Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS2
EPI 627Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Studies3
Internship
EPI 697Internship3
Required EPI Electives (4 hours) Choose one (1) of the following:
EPI 602Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases4
EPI 605Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases4
Electives (Choose from following courses) Minimum of 6 hours
EPI 603Injury-Epidemiologic Principles and Prevention Strategies3
EPI 607QFundamentals of Clinical Research Online3
EPI 609Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety3
EPI 614Epidemiologic Methods Applied to Comparative Effectiveness Research3
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 Statistical Analysis III3
BST 619Data Collection and Management3
BST 626/BST 626LData Management and Reporting with SAS3
Minimum Credit Hours Required42

Master of Science in Public Health in Applied Epidemiology/EPAP

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.

Students receiving a MSPH are required to complete a 3 hour Online course entitled "Overview of Public Health" by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.

RequirementsHours
MSPH Core Requirement
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
EPI 625Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology3
Masters Level Research Requirement (Minimum of 9 hours) 19
Master's Level Project Research Epidemiology
Applied EPI Track Requirements11
Design/Conduct Clinical Trials
Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS
Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Studies
Principles of Scientific Integrity
EPI 602Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases4
or EPI 605 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Electives 25
Intermediate Statistical Analysis III
Data Collection and Management
Injury-Epidemiologic Principles and Prevention Strategies
Fundamentals of Clinical Research Online
Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Epidemiologic Methods Applied to Comparative Effectiveness Research
Environmental Epidemiology
Fieldwork in Public Health
HIV/AIDS and STDs
Genetics in Public Health
Epidemiology Seminar
Master's Level Directed Research Epidemiology
Total Hours42
1

 EPI 699 Masters Level Project Research can be taken over multiple terms.

2

 Other options for electives: BST, EPI, ENH, HB courses within the range 600+ level classes. Students should consult their advisor for approval of additional course relevant to their needs and interests.


Master of Science in Public Health in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research

The MSPH in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research program is an academic research degree that is designed to provide students with special training in Epidemiology research methods as applied to Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. This MSPH concentration will present introductory and advanced topics relevant to the field of Pharmacoepidemiology and will include material on information sources used for research in these fields, sources of bias, study designs, analytical approaches, issues of interpretation of research results, and relevant policy and regulatory activities. All trainees will complete a final thesis defense and presentation during their last term of enrollment or graduation term, that typically will be in the form of one or more papers suitable for publication and addressing a topic in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. A number of databases are available for trainee projects.

Course Requirements

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 22 core credit hours). Students then complete 13 hours of PCER Concentration courses, 4 hours of the elective course requirement selecting from either Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases (EPI 602) or Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (EPI 605), and 4 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 defense presentation. The paper is expected to be of publishable quality.

All MSPH students are required to complete a 37 hour, self-paced online course entitled “Overview of Public Health” by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) or experience (5 years in public health) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.

RequirementsHours
MSPH Core Requirement (22 Hours)
Intermediate Statistical Analysis I
Intermediate Statistical Analysis II
Principles of Epidemiologic Research
Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology
Masters Level Research Requirement 1
Master's Level Project Research Epidemiology minimum 9 hours
PCER Track Requirements (14 hours)
Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Epidemiologic Methods Applied to Comparative Effectiveness Research
Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS
Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Studies
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Required Epidemiology Elective (4 hours) Choose one (1) from the following:
EPI 602Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases4
EPI 605Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases4
Track-Specific Relevant Electives (3 hours):
EPI 603Injury-Epidemiologic Principles and Prevention Strategies3
EPI 607QFundamentals of Clinical Research Online3
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 Statistical Analysis III3
BST 619Data Collection and Management3
BST 625Design/Conduct Clinical Trials3
BST 626Data Management and Reporting with SAS3
BST 626LData Management and Reporting with SAS Laboratory0
Minimum Credit Hours Required:43
1

 EPI 699 Masters Level Project Research can be taken over multiple terms.  A minimum of 9 hours required.


Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical & Translational Science Epidemiology

The MSPH in Clinical and Translational Science program is a post-medical or other health science degree training program, aimed primarily at residents in training, 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. The program consists of a core set of courses common to all students, plus research elective and focus elective courses that reflect the academic interest of the student. At this time, the program can accommodate students with specific interest in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Behavior. As a result, there will be some variation in the specific knowledge and skills acquired by each graduate. However, the primary learning objectives will apply to all students, irrespective of departmental affiliation.

Curriculum

The MSPH in Clinical and Translational Science consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours. Of these, 22 core hours are required, including 6 hours of specific Biostatistics courses and 9 hours of Masters Level Directed Research (EPI 699). Students then complete 13 hours of Clinical Research Concentration courses, 4 hours of either Epidemiology  of Chronic Diseases (EPI 602) or Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (EPI 605) to fulfill the elective required course, and 3 hours of Track-Specific relevant elective credits. The MSPH program requires a thesis research project, paper, and final defense presentation. The thesis project presentation is completed during the last enrollment term or graduation term. The final thesis paper is expected to be of publishable quality. Generally students in our MSPH-CTE program take 18-24 months to complete the coursework, but this is dependent upon each individual student's clinical work and/or rotation schedules.

All MSPH students are required to complete a 37 hour, self-paced online course entitled “Overview of Public Health” by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) or experience (5 years in public health) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.

RequirementsHours
MSPH Core Requirement
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
EPI 625Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology3
Masters Level Research Requirement (minimum 9 hours):9
Master's Level Directed Research Epidemiology
Clinical Research Track Requirement (13 hours):13
Fundamentals of Clinical Research
Design/Conduct Clinical Trials
Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS
Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Studies
Topics in Clinical Research
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Required Epidemiology Elective (4 hours) Choose one (1) of the following:4
Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Track Specific Electives (3 hours):3
Injury-Epidemiologic Principles and Prevention Strategies
Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Epidemiologic Methods Applied to Comparative Effectiveness Research
Environmental Epidemiology
Fieldwork in Public Health
HIV/AIDS and STDs
Genetics in Public Health
Master's Level Directed Research Epidemiology
Intermediate Statistical Analysis III
Data Collection and Management
Data Management and Reporting with SAS
and Data Management and Reporting with SAS Laboratory
Total Hours42

Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology

The PhD in Epidemiology program emphasizes epidemiologic study design and data analysis.  The program is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified individuals for a career of research and teaching.  Admission is competitive.  Applicants should have earned a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), Master of Science (MS) degree or equivalent, with a strong background in epidemiology and statistics.  Students who complete the degree will master the skills required for conducting independent research in epidemiology, with a firm background in epidemiology, biostatistics, and information management.  Specific areas of concentration include chronic disease, infectious disease, molecular epidemiology, and injury epidemiologic methods. Further details of the program may be obtained by contacting the Program Director, Dr. Stella Aslibekyan at saslibek@uab.edu. You may also contact the Coordinator of Graduate Academic Programs, Kimberly King at hawkinsk@uab.edu, or (205) 975-9749. For financial aid and funding questions regarding our PhD program you may also contact Kate Sreenan at ksreenan@uab.edu or (205) 934-7184.

Curriculum

To earn the PhD degree in Epidemiology students must complete a minimum of 60 total credit hours of academic course work. Of this 60 credit hour minimum, 18 semester hours are required and include Biostatistics and Epidemiology courses. 24 semester hours must be earned in doctoral level didactic Epidemiology courses and/or advanced Biostatistics courses. GRD 717 Principles of Scientific Integrity is also a required course that students take in the program. Students must also complete at least 12 semester hours of directed research (EPI 798) and 12 semester hours of dissertation research (EPI 799). Additionally, students must complete at least two semesters in candidacy (of EPI 799) before being allowed to graduate. The program is usually completed within 3 to 4 years of academic enrollment.

All PhD students are required to complete a 37 hour, self-paced online course entitled “Overview of Public Health” by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) or experience (5 years in public health) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.

RequirementsHours
Required Courses (18 hours):
BST 621Statistical Methods I3
BST 622Statistical Methods II3
EPI 703Grant Proposal Writing3
EPI 704Advanced Epidemiologic Methods3
EPI 710Analysis of Case Control Studies3
EPI 720Analysis of Follow-Up Studies3
Research Ethics Requirement: 1
GRD 717Principles of Scientific Integrity3
One Additional Doctoral Level Epidemiology Course - Select from the following:
EPI 713Cancer Epidemiology and Control3
EPI 721HIV/AIDS and STDs3
EPI 731
731L
Genetic Epidemiology
and Genetic Epidemiology Lab
4
EPI 781Special Topics in Epidemiology Research3
EPI 788Principles and Methods in Molecular Epidemiology4
At least two (2) advanced level Biostatistics courses: 2
BST 623General Linear Models3
BST 640Nonparametric Methods3
BST 655Categorical Data Analysis3
BST 660Applied Multivariate Analysis3
BST 661Structural Equation Modelling3
BST 665Survival Analysis3
BST 670Sampling Methods3
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 (1) doctoral level course in an area of medicine or in one of the major areas of PH other than EPI and BST must be taken. Other courses are available with advisor's approval.
HB 714Survey Research Methods3
HCO 711Child Health and Development: Womb to Young to Adulthood3
GBS 721Genetic Epidemiology2
GBS 727Advanced Human Genomics3
GBS 757Biology of Disease3
GBSC 715Molecular Basis of Disease3
Required Doctoral Seminar:4
EPI 790Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology Must be taken at least twice (2 times)2
Doctoral Level Research (minimum 24 hours):
EPI 798Doctoral Level Directed Research Epidemiology 31-9
EPI 799Dissertation Research 41-9
Optional Elective: to complete total hours required for degree.
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
Minimum Credit Hours:60
1

One (1) course related to research ethics and scientific integrity (Does not count toward the required 24 credit hours of didactic course work.)

2

Other courses may be available in Biostatistics, with your advisor's approval. Please check the course catalog.

3

EPI 798: Doctoral-Level Directed Research - Register prior to admission to candidacy; Must have at least 12 hours.

4

EPI 799: Dissertation Research - Register after admission to candidacy;  Must have at least 12 hours and at least 2 semesters.

Courses

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](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

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 recommended prerequisite.

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](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

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](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

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. 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. EPI 610, BST 601 or BST 611 are 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](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

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](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

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.

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](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and EPI 610 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and EPI 626 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 626Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

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](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and EPI 610 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and EPI 626 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or EPI 626Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

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 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.

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.

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.

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

Faculty

Affuso, Olivia Thomas, Associate Professor, 2006, Ph.D. (North Carolina - Chapel Hill), Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention
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.
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
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 and Interim Chair in Environmental Health Services; 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.