Epidemiology

Intermediate Epidemiology

SPH EP 813 (4 credits)

The purpose of this course is to further develop the methodologic concepts underlying the science of epidemiology. The material covered is intended to broaden and extend the student's understanding of the elements of study design, data analysis, and inference in epidemiologic research, including issues related to causation, bias, and confounding. The primary aims of the course are to provide working knowledge of the fundamentals of epidemiology as well as to serve as a foundation for more advanced study of epidemiologic methods. The course consists of lectures and workshop sessions. The workshop sessions are designed to reinforce the concepts/topics covered in the lectures.

2018SPRGSPHEP813 A1, Jan 22nd to May 7th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 10:00 am 12:50 pm HOU R110

A Guided Epidemiology Study

SPH EP 817 (4 credits)

This is an upper-level , hands-on seminar course, which teaches a small group of students how to develop and conduct a hypothesis-based study, using datasets that are currently available to the instructors. Through a combination of workshops, written assignments, and oral presentations, students develop hypotheses, conduct literature reviews, perform data analyses, and write each section of a manuscript. The final project requires the student to integrate all sections into a complete paper for journal submission. This course prepares students to write thesis proposals and manuscripts.

2018SPRGSPHEP817 A1, Jan 18th to May 3rd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 2:00 pm 4:50 pm INS 307

Perspectives on Epidemiologic Studies

SPH EP 820 (2 credits)

This one-week intensive will address a set of epidemiologic issues on each day through a formal lecture, group discussion, small group exercises, and student presentations. A variety of methods will be covered, with an emphasis on what they are and how they fit into the 'real world.' Students who encounter these and methods in subsequent classes (or work) will have a better understanding of how they fit in public health.

Applications of Intermediate Epidemiology

SPH EP 850 (4 credits)

This course is designed for students interested in applying their knowledge of intermediate epidemiologic methods to the analysis of observational data. Topics include conceptualizing data analysis by defining an addressable research question, utilizing directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) for confounder selection, choosing appropriate exposure and outcome measurements and interpreting the results with respect to strengths, limitations, and biases. This hands-on course will put the concepts of intermediate epidemiology into application as the students perform a data analysis project from start to finish. Data analysis will be performed using SAS. Statistical theory will not be a focus of this course.

2017FALLSPHEP850 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 13th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:00 pm 4:50 pm INS 1110
2018SPRGSPHEP850 A1, Jan 18th to May 3rd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 10:00 am 12:50 pm INS 1110

Advanced Epidemiology

SPH EP 854 (4 credits)

This course covers the theory and application of key principles and methods of epidemiologic research in depth. The topics include causal models, confounding, randomization, interaction, statistical analysis and inference, and causal inference. Special emphasis is given to the meaning and interpretation of p-values, confidence intervals, and likelihoods. Alternative approaches are identified for selecting and interpreting measures of disease frequency and measures of effect. Guidance is offered for determining objectives and strategies in study design and analysis, especially for case-control research. Methods are presented for the assessment and control of confounding, misclassification bias, and selection bias. Strengths and weaknesses of standardization, pooling, modeling, and exposure-response analysis are reviewed.

2017FALLSPHEP854 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 14th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:00 pm 8:50 pm CTC 462

Advanced Epidemiology Seminar: Issues in Study Design

SPH EP 855 (4 credits)

This course is structured around reading and discussing both historical and current methodological papers. The first section of the course focuses on papers by early theoreticians and methodologists. The second section focuses on contemporary methodologic questions. Substantive areas may evolve and vary over time. Recent topics have included case-control studies, study efficiency, measures of effect, exposure misclassification, sensitivity analysis, casual diagrams, and direct and indirect effects.

Design and Conduct of Cohort Studies

SPH EP 857 (2 credits)

This is a third-level epidemiologic methods course intended for advanced Masters and Doctoral students who desire to build depth and nuance in their understanding of cohort study design and conduct. The course will build on classic and state-of-the-art papers which focus in depth on various topics such as selection of appropriate measure of excess risk and intermediate endpoints (theory and practice). For each topic, methodologic readings will be linked back to concrete examples of cohort study design, with special emphasis on practical aspects of study conduct.

2017FALLSPHEP857 A1, Sep 7th to Oct 19th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 2:00 pm 4:50 pm INS 210

Design and Conduct of Case-Control Studies

SPH EP 858 (2 credits)

This course will develop students? practical knowledge of the design and conduct of case-control studies. It will cover the relationship between cohort and case-control studies and study design issues, including identification of a study base, selection of cases and controls, collection of exposure information, sources of bias, and matching. Published papers will be used to illustrate design, bias, and analytic issues through reading and discussion. Each class includes a lecture and discussion of assigned articles.

2017FALLSPHEP858 A1, Oct 26th to Dec 14th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 2:00 pm 4:50 pm INS 210

Novel Analytical Methods for Epidemiology

SPH EP 860 (4 credits)

This course is intended to introduce doctoral students to a number of advanced methods in data analysis, with the aim of providing students with the ability to recognize situations in which the use of such methods may be beneficial, knowledge of the basic methods needed to conduct analyses, and an understanding of the strengths and limitations of each method. The course covers approximately five analytic methods in a series of 2- or 3-session modules. Topics may vary slightly in different semesters; examples of the types of methods covered include propensity scores, marginal structural models, quantitative bias analysis, and Bayesian analysis. Hands-on sessions in the classroom, homework assignments, and a final data analysis project provide students with practice in the conduct of analyses using these methods.

2018SPRGSPHEP860 A1, Jan 23rd to May 8th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 2:00 pm 4:50 pm CTC 305

Quantitative Bias Analysis Methods for Epidemiologic Research

SPH EP 861 (2 credits)

This course covers a novel approach to dealing with systematic error in epidemiologic research called quantitative bias analysis, QBA. QBA allows users to make corrections to measures of association for sources of bias by making assumptions typically using validation data about the nature of the bias to create intervals that account for total study error. The course will cover three types of bias analysis: simple, multidimensional and probabilistic. Exercises in Excel and SAS will allow students to practice the methods, adapt them to problems they face and present the results clearly.

Culm Exp Epi

SPH EP 940 (0 credits)

2017FALLSPHEP940 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2018SPRGSPHEP940 A1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Continuing Study

SPH EP 980 (0 credits)

PhD, DSc, and MS in Epidemiology students who have completed all academic course requirements, must register for Continuing Study every Fall and Spring semester until they have successfully defended their theses/dissertations and have graduated from SPH. Students are charged the equivalent of two credits of tuition, student health insurance, and all relevant fees, and are certified as full time.

2017FALLSPHEP980 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 19th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2018SPRGSPHEP980 A1, Jan 10th to May 7th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD