Epidemiology Degree Programs

Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program)

The Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program) provides an exceptional educational experience to undergraduate students. It is our goal to educate high quality graduates who will excel not only in traditional didactic training but also in skills that are gained through problem solving, hypothesis testing, technical skills development, data analysis, data interpretation, and professional writing. This University-wide program will allow students to receive exceptional training in Public Health from our trained faculty.

Course of Study

Undergraduate students will complete the core requirements prior to their undergraduate degree. Upon graduation, students will complete their departmental requirements, electives, PUH 697: Internship, and PUH 695: Public Health Integrative Experience. 

Junior Year:

Fall: Core Class (BST 601ENH 600 onlineHCO 600EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online, ENH 600HB 600, HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600, EPI 600, HB 600, HCO 600)
Senior Year:
Fall: Core Class (BST 601,ENH 600 online, HCO 600EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online,ENH 600, HB 600HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600EPI 600HB 600HCO 600)
5th Year Graduate School
Fall: Departmental Courses: 12 hours
Spring: Departmental Courses: 12 hours 
Summer: Internship: 3 hours and PUH 695: 1 Hour

 


Admissions

The Process

  • Students must have a minimum of 60 hours and a maximum of 90 hours.
  • Applications are completed through the Graduate School's Apply Yourself application portal.
  • Individual departments will review the completed application and interview the applicant. 
  • Admission decisions are determined by the departments.

If you have questions regarding the Fast Track MPH Program, please contact the School of Public Health at 205-934-4993 or at soph@uab.edu.

 

Please note: We do not offer the Fast Track MPH program in the Department of Biostatistics.

 

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Fast Track Program, a student typically must have:

  • A 3.25 GPA.
  • Between 60 and 90 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Recommended GRE Scores - Verbal: 147, Quantitative: 150, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing.
    • Applicants with a 3.5 GPA or higher are waived of taking the GRE 
  • Completed admission application through the UAB Graduate School website.
  • An official copy of current UAB undergraduate transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the current academic advisor and the remaining two from current or previous college course instructors. Electronic submission is preferred; however, referees can mail a letter in a sealed envelope.
  • An interview with the Departmental Program Director (at the discretion of the department).
  • A career statement describing their interests and goals and a one-page academic resume of academic activities including awards and community service.
If you receive financial aid assistance or scholarships, please speak with the UAB Financial Aid Office at 934-8223 prior to submitting an application to discuss financial coverage of graduate coursework.

Interested students can apply by going to the UAB Graduate School website and clicking on the Apply to Graduate School Online link. The Program that you are applying to is Public Health Fast Track (MPH). Please include your department of interest in the application essay section.

 

Master of Public Health in Epidemiology

Master of Public Health in Epidemiology - (also EPI Fast Track)

Program Description

This 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.

Admission

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, Spring and Summer terms each year. Interested applicants should apply at: www.sophas.org. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The application deadline date for Fall admission for international students is April 1st and July 1st for domestic students. The application deadline date for admission in Spring is November 1st each year (all students) and April 1st for Summer admission (all students).

 

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 (if admitted in the Fall term) within the first three 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 register for PUH 695 in the Spring term). For in-person or 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 14 credit hours. EPI 625, ENH 600, and HB 600 (with an optional elective) can be taken in the first Spring term of enrollment for a total of 9-12 credit hours. 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 also have the option to register for 6 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 counted towards the 9 credit hours of elective coursework requirement.

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Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (Online)

Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (Online)

Program Description

This 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 typically takes 4 semesters or 16 months of full-time coursework to complete (beginning in the Fall term). Part-time coursework generally takes students at least 6-8 semesters to complete.

Admission

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 Online students in the Fall,  Spring, and Summer terms each year. Interested applicants should apply at: www.sophas.org. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The deadline to apply through SOPHAS for the MPH program is April 1st each year for Fall admission and November 1st each year for Spring admission.

Curriculum

Students in the MPH online program take 24 total hours of core classwork. MPH core courses can be taken in the first two semesters of enrollment except for students who are completing the degree program at the part-time level. The PUH 695Q Integrative Experience course or capstone course MUST be taken in the last semester of enrollment or graduation term. For Online MPH Students...EPI 610Q, EPI 626Q, and ENH 600Q can be taken in the first Fall term of enrollment. EPI 625Q, BST 601Q, and HCO 600Q can be taken in the first Spring term of enrollment. MPH online students (admitted in the Fall term each year) who complete their core classes by the end of the first Spring term, are eligible to register for their Internship required course (EPI 697Q) as early as their first Summer term of enrollment. The Internship course is required to be taken after the completion of all core classes. Students then complete 6 hours of electives coursework in which they can choose from a list of the most popular Epidemiology electives offered.

EPI Elective Requirement

EPI 602Q Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and EPI 605Q Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases are two required four hour elective courses in which students choose to take either one or the other course towards the completion of the MPH degree program. EPI 602Q is offered each Fall and EPI 605Q is offered each Spring.

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Master of Science in Public Health in Applied Epidemiology

Master of Science in Public Health in Applied Epidemiology

Program Description

The MSPH program in Applied Epidemiology is an academic research degree designed for students who wish to receive education and training in epidemiologic research methods.  Completion of didactic course work and a thesis research publishable paper are required.  This degree can be completed in as little as 4 semesters or 16 months of full-time course work. 

Admission

The online application to the MSPH-Applied EPI program can be submitted at www.sophas.org. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The deadline date to apply for admission is April 1st each year. The Department of Epidemiology admits students in the MSPH degree program during the Fall term each year.  

Curriculum

A total of 42 credit hours must be earned to receive the MSPH in Applied Epidemiology degree. Of these 42 total hours, 22 hours are taken to complete the core requirements (6 semester hours of masters level project research EPI 698 and 3 semester hours with one semester in candidacy of EPI 699 masters level project research is included in the 22 core credit hours). Students then complete 11 hours of Applied EPI concentration courses, 4 hours of a required EPI elective classes. Students choose either Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases or Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases to fulfill the required elective 4 hour course. Students then take 5 hours of track-specific relevant elective credits. Students must consult with their academic advisor for approval of track-specific relevant elective credits. During the last term of enrollment or final graduation term, the student is required to complete his/her final thesis project defense and presentation. A final publishable paper is required for graduation.  

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Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science

Master of Science in Public Health 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.

Program Description

This 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 (CRBS), Epidemiology (CTE), and Health Behavior (CRHB). 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. As such, graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • design, conduct, and evaluate clinical research studies
  • understand issues of data collection and study management
  • follow appropriate policies and procedures relating to the utilization of human subjects in clinical research
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of research on human subjects
  • prepare competitive applications for extramural research funding
  • prepare manuscripts for publication in the scientific literature critically evaluate published research

Admission

Applicants should possess a medical or other health science professional degree. They may be in their final years of training as residents or fellows or hold positions as junior faculty members. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is generally waived for admission into the MSPH in Clinical and Translational Sciences with the Department of Epidemiology. Please contact the admissions director or the Department of Epidemiology student coordinator for additional information about our GRE waiver policy. The application must include at least e three letters of reference. A medical/health sciences mentor should be identified and a setting where the student can gain experience in conducting clinical research. A faculty member within the School of Public Health will be assigned as an advisor based on the stated interests of the applicant. Please submit your application online through the UAB Graduate School.  The application deadline for the MSPH degree program is April 1st for Fall admission. Applications are accepted for admission in the Fall term each year.

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 6 hours of Masters Level Directed Research (EPI 698). Students also completed 3 hours and one semester in candidacy of EPI 699 Masters Level Project Research. Also, 13 hours of Clinical Research concentration courses and 4 hours of either Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases or Epidemiology of Infectious diseases to fulfill the elective required course. Finally 3 hours of Track-Specific relevant elective credit hours are also required. The MSPH program requires a thesis research project, paper, and final defense. The final defense presentation is completed during the last enrollment term or graduation term. The final paper is required to be published. The publication process is through the UAB Graduate School. Generally students in this MSPH program take 18-24 months to complete the coursework, but this is dependent upon the student’s clinical work and/or medical rotation schedule.

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

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

Program Description

The MSPH-PCER 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, and 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 will be in the form of a published paper addressing a topic in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. A number of databases are available for trainee projects.

 Admission

The online application to the MSPH-PCER program can be submitted at www.sophas.org. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The deadline date to apply for admission is April 1st each year. The Department of Epidemiology admits students in the Fall and Spring terms each year.

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 (6 semester hours of required masters level project research EPI 698 and 3 semester hours of masters level project research with at least one (1) semester in candidacy for EPI 699 credits). Students then complete 14 hours of PCER Concentration courses, 4 hours of the elective course requirement selecting from either Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases or Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, and 3 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 published through the UAB Graduate School’s publication process.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology

Program Description

The PhD 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 diseases, infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology, and injury epidemiologic methods. 

Further details about the PhD-EPI program may be obtained by contacting the Program Director, Dr. Emily Levitan at elevitan@uab.edu. You may also contact the Coordinator of Graduate Academic Programs, Kimberly Hawkins King at hawkinsk@uab.edu, or (205) 975-9749. For funding questions regarding our PhD program please contact Dr. Levitan or you may also contact her program assistant Kate Sreenan at ksreenan@uab.edu or (205) 934-7184.

Admission

Interested students should apply on-line through the UAB Graduate School.  Please submit all academic transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, GRE scores, your personal goals/career goals statement, a current copy of your CV/resume, etc... along with your application for admission. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The Department of Epidemiology admit PhD students in the Fall term each year. The application soft deadline date is April 1st each year (Feb. 1st to be considered for financial assistance). All International applications for admission should be submitted by the hard deadline date of May 15th.

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.

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Epidemiology PhD Website:  www.soph.uab.edu/epi/phd-program

Epidemiology Courses and Descriptions

Epidemiology Courses and Descriptions           

(*) Indicates course may be taken more than once for credit.

EPI 600. Introduction to Epidemiology. -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 diseases of public health importance today. Core requirement for Non-Epidemiology MPH majors. 3 hours. Fall   (Martin Rowe)

EPI 600Q (Online). Introduction to Epidemiology. -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 diseases of public health importance today. Core requirement for Non-Epidemiology MPH majors. 3 hours. Fall and Summer (King)

EPI 602. Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases. -Application of epidemiologic principles to assess the causes of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other chronic diseases. Emphasis on biological basis, rates, association, etiology, prevention, and control. Pertinent literature critically reviewed. 4 hours. Fall (Sathiakumar)

EPI 602Q (Online). Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases. -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 epidemiologic studies in cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and other major chronic diseases and will discuss epidemiologic papers relating to the use of various study designs. Prerequisite: The course requires students to have taken EPI 610 (Principles of Epidemiologic Research) or permission of the instructor. Fall (Affuso)

EPI 603. Injury-Epidemiologic Principles and Prevention Strategies. -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. Prerequisite: EPI 600 or EPI 610 recommended but not required. 3 hours. Fall (Waterbor)

EPI 605. Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. -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 offered.  Primary attention is neither on research methods nor on clinical and pathologic aspects of disease. Prerequisites: EPI 600, EPI 610 or an equivalent introductory epidemiology course or permission of instructor. 4 hours. Spring (Jolly)

EPI 605Q (Online). Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. -This class provides an introduction to epidemiological concepts pertaining to various infectious diseases. Students will gain familiarity with general epidemiology 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, EPI 610 or an equivalent introductory epidemiology course or permission of instructor. 4 hours. Spring (Tamhane)

EPI 607Q (Online). Fundamentals of Clinical Research. -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. Prerequisite: Introductory training in epidemiology (e.g., EPI 600 or EPI 610) is recommended but not required. 3 hours. Spring (Glasser)

EPI 609. Pharmacoepidemiology & Comparative Effectiveness Research. -This course is open to graduate students registered in the masters or doctoral program at the UAB School of Public Health and residents and fellows in the School of Medicine, and it may also be of interest to students from graduate health-related programs outside the UAB School of Public Health.  The course provides 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. Lecturers will present examples of methodological problems and studies based on ongoing research at UAB. 3 hours. Prerequisites: EPI 610, BST 601 or BST 611 recommended but not required. Fall (Yun)

EPI 610. Principles of Epidemiologic Research. -Concepts and methods of epidemiology.  Measures of disease frequency, association and impact; study design and analysis, indices of disease and health; overview of major categories of acute and chronic disease, analysis of epidemiologic data sets.  Track requirement for EPI majors. 4 hours. Fall (Waterbor)

EPI 610Q (Online). Principles of Epidemiologic Research. -Concepts and methods of epidemiology.  Measures of disease frequency, association and impact; study design and analysis, indices of disease and health; overview of major categories of acute and chronic disease, analysis of epidemiologic data sets.  Track requirement for EPI majors. 4 hours. Fall (Aslibekyan)

EPI 614. Epidemiologic Methods Applied to Comparative Effectiveness Research. -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. Prerequisite: EPI 610, BST 611 and BST 612; or permission of instructor. 3 hours. Spring (Yun)

EPI 616. Environmental Epidemiology.-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. Prerequisite: EPI 600 or EPI 610. 3 hours. Course offered even calendar year in Summer (Sathiakumar)

EPI 619. Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology.- 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 master. 3 hours. Spring (Griffin)

EPI 621/721. HIV/AIDS and STDs. -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. 3 hours. Fall (Jolly)

EPI 625. Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology. -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. Track requirement for EPI majors. Prerequisites: EPI 610 and EPI 626; or permission of instructor. 3 hours. Spring (Levitan)

EPI 625Q (Online). Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology. -The objective of this course is to introduce students to commonly-used analytical techniques in modern epidemiological research, and to provide experience in drafting analysis-related portions of a manuscript and present the results to an audience. Prerequisites: The course requires students to have taken EPI 610, EPI 626, BST 601, and/or BST 611; or permission of instructor. 3 hours. Spring (Hidalgo)

EPI 626. Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS. -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.  2 hours. Fall (McGwin)

EPI 626Q (Online). Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS. - The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basics of SAS programming. Topics covered will include creation/importation of datasets, working with SAS variables, manipulation of datasets (e.g., combining and sub-setting datasets), and SAS syntax to produce descriptive statistics (e.g., frequencies, means) and perform basic statistical procedures (e.g., chi-square, t-test). At the end of the course, the student will have an understanding of the SAS programming environment and a basis upon which to build in subsequent courses (e.g., EPI 625 and 627). 2 hours. Fall (Martin Rowe)

EPI 627. Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Studies. -The students will analyze data from an epidemiologic study, addressing a specific question, and prepare a manuscript from their 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: EPI 625 or EPI 626, BST 601, BST 612, and BST 626; prior experience with epidemiologic study design and statistical analysis. 3 hours. Fall. (Wright)

EPI 627Q (Online). Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Studies. -This course is designed for students to utilize data analysis skills acquire in the interpretation and presentation of epidemiologic data for both scientific and lay audiences. Prior experience with epidemiologic study design and statistical analysis is required. Prerequisites: EPI 610, BST 601 and EPI 625; or permission of instructor. 3 hours. (Wright) Fall

EPI 635. Genetics in Public Health.- This course will provide a topical overview of issues in public health genetics. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the complex issues involved in applying and integrating genetic technology and information into public health. Through a series of lectures, students will learn about the history of public health genetics, the role that genetics play in public health, and issues involved in applying genetic technology in clinical and research settings. Lectures will also address the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic testing in populations and research designed to identify susceptibility genes in diverse ethnic and racial groups. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in a Master’s program. Undergraduates will need permission of instructor. 2 hours. Course offered every odd calendar year in Summer. (Shrestha)

EPI 680. Topics in Clinical Research.-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.  Prerequisite: Limited to health professionals planning clinical research careers who have been accepted into the MSPH in Clinical Research Program. 2 hours. Irregular course that starts in January and ends in June. Register for this course during the Summer term. (McGwin)

EPI 681. Special Topics in Epidemiology.- Discussion of infectious disease research and practice encompassing design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation. Students participate in supervised research and/or in research design. Prerequisite: EPI 605 and permission of instructor for enrolling in EPI 681, and permission of instructor for enrolling in EPI 781. 3 hours. 

EPI 682. Gorgas Course in Tropical Medicine. 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 trips and independent study. Course is held in the Spring Term in Lima, Peru. 9 hours (3 or 6 hours are also accepted with evaluation restricted to selected sections of the course). Study Abroad course offered in Spring (Henostroza)

*EPI 690 (offered as EPI 695 in Fall 2018). Population and Health Outcomes Research Seminar Series. The purpose of this class is to provide an opportunity for students interested in population and health outcomes research to participate in seminars related to methodology and career development and to present their work. This course may be counted as an elective for MPH or MSPH programs in the School of Public Health. Pass/No Pass. 1 hour. Fall and Spring (Levitan)

*EPI 695/795. Epidemiology Seminar Series. This lectureship series is a forum for scientific dialogue on current topics in epidemiology, biostatistics and public health. The course will promote the development of knowledge about epidemiology methods, analytic approaches, disease etiology as well as natural history and current issues related to the application of these concepts to conducting epidemiologic research and public health practice. Pass/No Pass. 1 hour. Fall and Spring (Shrestha)

EPI 697. Internship.-Field experience under joint direction of appropriate public health faculty member and qualified specialists working in selected aspects of public health. Pass/No Pass. 3 hours  (180 contact/working hours required). Fall, Spring, Summer

*EPI 698. Master's Directed Research, Epidemiology.-Independent study with guidance of appropriate public health faculty. Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours. Fall, Spring, Summer

*EPI 699. Project Research, Epidemiology. - Research for project under direction of research committee. Pass/No Pass.1 - 9 hours. Fall, Spring, Summer

EPI 703. Grant Proposal Writing.-To provide the student with information about grant proposal writing and practice in preparing a grant proposal for submission.  The proposal must relate to an epidemiologic topic.  Human subject issues are discussed. Prerequisite: Must be a doctoral student or with permission of instructor. 3 hours. Fall (Shrestha)

EPI 704. Advanced EPI Methods.-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. 3 hours. Fall (Carson)

EPI 710. The Analysis of Case-Control Studies.-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. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 3 hours. Spring (Irvin)

EPI 713. Cancer Epidemiology and Control.- This course will address methodology and substantive issues in cancer epidemiology. Content will include definitions, biological origins and pathological and clinical aspects of cancer; an introduction to information sources and methods in cancer epidemiology; the global burden of cancer; descriptive epidemiology and major risk factors for various forms of cancer; strategies for cancer prevention and the role of epidemiology developing and evaluating those strategies. Prerequisite: Doctoral student status in any Public Health discipline. Permission of instructor for students in other programs and schools. 3 hours. Summer (Waterbor)

EPI 720. The Analysis of Follow-up Studies.-Designed to provide doctoral students in epidemiology with practical experience in the analysis and interpretation 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 models in the study of diseases of multifactorial etiology. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 3 hours. Summer (Griffin)

EPI 721/621. HIV/AIDS and STD's.-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. Doctoral students will be responsible for writing a critical review paper or a grant application based on a STD/HIV topic of significant public health importance. Prerequisite: Clinical doctoral degree (MD, DDS, DVM, DSN, or other similar degrees with approval); or be at least a second year masters student, or permission of instructor. 3 hours. Fall (Jolly)

EPI 731. Genetic Epidemiology.-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 designs as risk factors including genetic risk models, familial correlations, migration and admixture, quantitative and qualitative 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.  Prerequisites: College level genetics course; basic biostatistics (BST 601 or BST 611 or BST 621 or equivalent); and basic epidemiology (EPI 600 or EPI 610 or equivalent).  Students not meeting these pre-requisites may enroll only with the permission of the instructor. 4 hours. Course offered every even calendar year during the Spring (Shrestha)

EPI 731L. Genetic Epidemiology-Lab.-Genetic EPI lab. Co-requisite: Lab must be taken concurrently with EPI 731. 0 hours. Spring (Shrestha)

EPI 781. Special Topics in Epidemiology. Discussion of infectious disease research and practice encompassing design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation. Students participate in supervised research and/or in research design. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for enrolling in EPI 781. 3 hours 

*EPI 790. Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology.-In depth study and discussion of several areas of epidemiologic methodology not covered in other courses.  Students are responsible for selecting and presenting topics.  Considerable reading and outside preparation required.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Pass/No Pass. 2 hours. Fall and Spring

*EPI 795/695. Epidemiology Seminar Series. This lectureship series is a forum for scientific dialogue on current topics in epidemiology, biostatistics and public health. The course will promote the development of knowledge about epidemiology methods, analytic approaches, disease etiology as well as natural history and current issues related to the application of these concepts to conducting epidemiologic research and public health practice. Pass/No Pass. 1 hour. Fall and Spring (Shrestha)

*EPI 798. Doctoral Directed Research, Epidemiology.-Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty. Pass/No Pass. Fall, Spring, Summer. 1 - 9 hours

*EPI 799. Dissertation Research, Epidemiology. - Research for dissertation under direction of dissertation committee. Pass/No Pass. Fall, Spring, Summer. 1 - 9 hours

 

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