Epidemiology is the study of patterns of disease and injury in human populations and the application of this study to the control of health problems.

POP HLTH 621 Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisite: Statistics 301 or equivalent & Nutritional Sciences 332 or cons inst. 
  • Cross listed with Nutritional Sciences 

Techniques used to evaluate relationships of diet to health and disease in human populations; integration of knowledge gained with results of animal and clinical studies toward understanding dietary risk or protective factors for disease are covered in this course. Includes advanced diet assessment and basic epidemiologic approaches.

POP HLTH 713 Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Summer 
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797 Intro to Epidemiology 

This course provides an overview of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the United States and worldwide. Topics covered include a review of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, the natural history of HIV disease, strategies to prevent and treat HIV, and local and global health impact with a focus on historically significant milestones as well as promising current and future research.

POP HLTH 791 Physical Activity Epidemiology 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Occasionally 
  • Prerequisites: Graduate student or consent of instructor 
  • Cross listed with KINES, POP HLTH 

Recommendations for and surveillance of physical activity in the U.S. and associations with health and disease at the population level are highlighted. There is an emphasis on measurement techniques, study design and research considerations.

POP HLTH 798 Epidemiologic Methodology 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797 

The main emphasis is the design and interpretation of epidemiologic studies. The course includes hands-on experience in the evaluation of epidemiologic evidence, the analysis of epidemiologic data, and the discussion of strategies aimed to improve study validity and efficiency. Note: This course serves as a Methods Course for the MPH program.

POP HLTH 801 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797 

This course introduces basic methods to studying the epidemiology of infectious diseases and reviews infectious diseases of major public health importance. It also covers the basics of microbiology, immunology, and laboratory-based methods and the principles of disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, mathematical models of disease transmission, and prevention strategies. The etiology, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of ancient, modern, and emerging infectious diseases will be examined.

POP HLTH 805 Epidemiologic Methods 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797 and POP HLTH 798 

This course is directed to PhD and MS students and expands on the knowledge and abilities developed in Population Health 797 and 798. The goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the rationale and use of study designs that built upon but are substantially different from the most common designs used in epidemiologic research (experimental studies, case-control studies, and cohort studies). The main emphasis of this course is on the design and interpretation of epidemiologic studies. The course will include hands-on experience on the assessment of non-traditional designs as tools to improve the validity and efficiency of epidemiologic studies. Most lectures will be followed by a lab session.

POP HLTH 806 Advanced Epidemiology: Practice of Epidemiology 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797, 798 and 805 

The goals of the course are to apply and extend methodologic knowledge learned in prior courses in the Population Health Sciences epidemiology methods sequence to selected key activities of a practicing epidemiologic researcher, including: study implementation; scientific writing and presentation; manuscript and grant peer reviewing; measurement validation, simulation studies and sensitivity analyses; and, commonly-used epidemiology field instruments and methods.

POP HLTH 807 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797 

The course provides students with an overview of the current knowledge and research in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. Through reading of the primary and secondary literature, students examine issues related to topics such as fertility, preconception health, and perinatal outcomes including maternal morbidity and mortality, pregnancy loss, and infant outcomes. Current evidence-based strategies designed to improve reproductive and perinatal outcomes are reviewed. Long-term health implications of pregnancy and infant health are considered. The classes will be structured to include faculty-led lectures, discussions with guest faculty, and student-led discussions.

POP HLTH 849 Genetic Epidemiology 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Every other Fall 

This course will provide an introduction to genetic epidemiology, particularly genetic association studies. Topics will include a general overview of genetics and Mendelian and complex inheritance. Discussion will include the various elements of study design, including definition of study population, participant ascertainment, phenotype definition, selection of genetic markers, determination of the type of biologic sample to be collected for extraction of the DNA, data collection and management, and choice of analytic methods.

POP HLTH 904 (Section 004) Special Topics in Epidemiology: Global Health 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Fall 

The purposes of this course is to explore the relationship between globalization and health and provide students with an understanding of: a) the major indicators and determinants of health and health disparities across populations, from less to more developed countries; b) the role of epidemiology in developing proven and potential interventions to improve global health and reduce health disparities; and c) methodological and ethical considerations in international health research.

POP HLTH 904 (Section 005) Special Topics in Epidemiology: Cardiovascular Diseases 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Every other Fall 

This course is directed to graduate and undergraduate students interested in the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases. The main emphasis of POP HLTH 904 is the discussion of the population distribution, health impact, risk factors, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

KINES 955/POP HLTH 955 Seminar in Physical Activity Epidemiology 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Spring 

This 1-credit seminar is appropriate for MPH, MS or PhD students interested in learning about recent research on physical activity and health. This course is a companion to POP HLTH 791 Physical Activity Epidemiology. No previous experience with physical activity research is necessary.