Epidemiology Course Catalog

Course catalog

These are the official descriptions taken from the University catalog. Additional courses may be added on a semester basis at the discretion of the department.

600[160] PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (3). An introductory course that considers the meaning, scope, and applications of epidemiology to public health practice and the uses of vital statistics data in the scientific appraisal of community health. One lecture and two lab hours per week. Fall and spring.

(SOWO 604I[382]) (DENT 604) (DPET 604I) (NURS 782I[604]) (HMSC 904I[604]) (MEDI 604[480]) (SOCI 824) (PHYT 904I) (3). Introduction to normal aging, diseases of aging, mental health issues and the use of health services by older persons.

689[101R] RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (1). Structured opportunities for international students to become informed about U.S. academic and cultural issues as they pertain to their training in epidemiology. Not for degree credit.

625 INJURY AS A PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM (1).  Pre- or co-requisite, EPID 600.  This course considers the causes and consequences of traumatic injury and dilemmas in injury research and prevention.  This one-credit course consists of 10 class sessions of 75 minutes each over the first five week of the semester.  Spring.

626 INTENTIONAL INJURY (1).  Co-requisite, EPID 625.  This one-credit course considers the causes and consequences of intentional injury and dilemmas in injury research and prevention.  The course meets once a week for 75 minutes starting the sixth week of the semester.  Students may enroll concurrently in EPID 627. Spring.

627 UNINTENTIONAL INJURY (1).  This one-credit course considers the causes and consequences of unintentional injury and dilemmas in injury research and prevention.  This course meets once a week for 75 minutes starting the sixth week of the semester. Spring.

690[140, 141] PROBLEMS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (1 or more). A course for students who wish to make an intensive study of some special problems in epidemiology. Two or more hours a week.

700[150] SAS AND DATA MANAGEMENT (3). An introduction to statistical analysis, programming and data management, using the SAS programming language. Two lecture hours and two lab hours per week. Fall.

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705[158] INTRODUCTION TO DEDUCTIVE AND PROBABILITY LOGIC IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (2). Covers properties of logical relations, truth tables and Euler diagrams, valid and fallacious arguments, cognitive heuristics and biases, interpretations of probability, the probability calculus, Bayes’ theorem, binomial and normal distributions, applications of probability logic and probabilistic fallacies, all in an epidemiologic context.  Co-requisite, EPID 710.

710[168] FUNDAMENTALS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (4). Corequisite, BIOS 600[110]. An intensive introduction to epidemiological concepts and methods for students intending to engage in, collaborate in, or interpret the results of epidemiologic studies. Some familiarity with biomedical concepts may be needed. An alternate to EPID 600[160] for satisfying the SPH core requirements. Three lecture and two seminar hours a week. Fall.

711[170] CLINICAL MEASUREMENT/EVALUATION (PUBH 760[260]) (3). Prerequisite, epidemiology or health care and prevention major. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of epidemiology, including clinical epidemiology, for clinicians. Emphasis is to applications in clinical research and practice. Fall.

715 THEORY AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (4). Prerequisites, EPID 705, 710 or 711, competence in SAS. Corequisites, EPID 716 and BIOS 545. Permission of the instructor required for non-majors. An in-depth treatment of basic concepts and skills in epidemiologic research, including problem conceptualization, study design, research conduct, data analysis and interpretation. Four lecture hours per week. Spring.

716 EPIDEMIOLOGIC DATA ANALYSIS (2). Prerequisites EPID 705, 710 or 711, and documented SAS proficiency.  Corequisite, EPID 715.  This course is a combined lecture/lab format where students get hands-on experience in the analysis and interpretation of data from cohort and case-control studies. Two lectures hours per week.  Spring.

718[269] EPIDEMIOLOGIC ANALYSIS OF BINARY DATA (3). Prerequisite, EPID 715[268]. Permission of instructor required for nonmajors. Concepts and applications, including logistic regression, binomial regression, model building strategy, additive and multiplicative interaction, and graphical exploration. Includes computer-based experience with real data. Two lecture and one lab hours per week. Fall.

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719[270] READINGS IN EPIDEMIOLOGIC MODELING (1). A discussion in journal-club format of readings in general epidemiologic methods, from problem conceptualization to application of results.  Co-requisite, EPID 718 (fall); EPID 722 (spring).

722 EPIDEMIOLOGIC ANALYSIS OF TIME-TO-EVENT DATA (4). Prerequisite, EPID 718 and SAS software expertise. Permission of instructor required for non-majors. Course covers epidemiologic analysis of time-to-event data and emphasizes weighing threats to the accuracy of inferences. Class time is spent discussing weekly readings and homeworks. Four lecture hours per week. Spring.

725[200] RESEARCH PLANNING WORKSHOP (0.5). Prerequisite: second year PhD student (majors only). This course is designed to guide students through the initial stage of formulating an epidemiologic research topic and plan, leading towards the development of a full research proposal. Spring.

726[201] EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH METHODS (3). Prerequisites, EPID 715[268] and EPID 725[200], majors only, permission of the instructor if not in at least second year of doctoral program. A second-level course in the design and conduct of epidemiologic research. Each student will comprehensively address the conceptual and practical aspects of developing a high quality, detailed research proposal. Spring.

730[369] ADVANCED METHODS FOR EPIDEMIOLOGY (1). Prerequisites, EPID 715[268] and 718[269], and BIOS 545[145]. A seminar for advanced students exploring methodological issues in epidemiology, including measurement error, missing data, intermediate variables, complex study designs, meta-analysis, splines, and other topics.

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731 SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS (1).  This seminar provides training in systematic review and meta-analysis.  Topics include problem definition, literature search, extraction of results and study characteristics, publication bias and funnel plot analysis, analysis overall heterogeneity, and stratified and meta-regression analysis of study and population characteristics.

733[225] CLINICAL TRIALS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (3). Prerequisites, introductory epidemiology, introductory biostatistics. Systematic overview of principles in design, implementation, and analysis of clinical trials. Emphasis on applications in chronic disease epidemiology. In-depth discussion of case examples from cardiovascular disease epidemiology emphasized. Three lecture hours a week.

735[256] CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3). Corequisites, introductory epidemiology and biostatistics. Review of the main causes of cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality, and their population determinants. Topics include epidemiologic methods, risk factors, strategies for prevention, and a student research project. Three lecture hours a week.

737[258] ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3). Prerequisites, EPID 710[168] and 735[256], or permission of instructor. Contemporary findings, methodologic issues, and research recommendations in cardiovascular epidemiology. Topics include risk factors, trends, interventions, and health care. Students critique research and participate in a field experience.

743[229] GENETIC EPIDEMIOLOGY: METHODS AND APPLICATIONS (3). Prerequisites, EPID 715[268] and BIOS 545[145] or permission of the instructor. Concepts and methods of genetic epidemiology relevant to study of complex human diseases, including segregation analysis, linkage analysis, and gene-environment interaction. Includes whole genome approaches, as well as non-human systems. Three lecture hours a week.

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744 ADVANCED GENETIC EPIDEMIOLOGY (3).  Pre-requisites, EPID 715 and EPID 743.  This course will provide students who already possess a foundation in genetic epidemiology with practical knowledge required to use software tools for gene structure/function and disease association analysis.  Three lecture hours per week.

745[230] MOLECULAR TECHNIQUES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH (2). Prerequisites, undergraduate level biology and genetic course(s). Theory and application of selected nucleic acid and protein based techniques for public health research, including topics of sample preparation, PCR, DNA sequencing, genotyping, microarrays, immunoblotting, and immunohistochemistry. Two lecture hours per week.

750[213] FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC HEALTH SURVEILLANCE (3). Prerequisite, EPID 600[160] or equivalent. Provides conceptual foundations and practical skills for designing and implementing surveillance systems, and for using surveillance data for the conduct and evaluation of public health programs and research.

751[215] EMERGING AND RE-EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES (3). Basic principles of infectious diseases, focusing on emerging and re-emerging disease agents that affect public health. Includes an introduction to the biology of viruses, bacteria, and eukaryotic parasites. Three lecture hours a week.

752[218] INTRODUCTION TO METHODS IN INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3). Prerequisites, introductory epidemiology and biostatistics. Introduction to infectious disease epidemiology. Course focuses on methodology, public health concerns, patterns of transmission, and “newly” discovered infections. Will focus on diseases in developed countries, especially the United States. Three lecture hours a week.

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753[220] PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES AT THE LEVEL OF THE COMMUNITY (3). Primary focus at county/state level; surveillance/control of acute infectious diseases; public health vs. individual rights. Bridging epidemiological concepts with community activities and real world health department issues. Three lecture hours per week.

754[221] MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (3). Prerequisites, EPID 600[160] or equivalent. Introduction to basic methods for analysis and interpretation of epidemiological data on infectious diseases and for predicting the impact of control programs such as HIV prevention programs and vaccination strategies. Two lecture hours and two lab hours per week.

755 INTRODUCTION TO INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3).  Permission required for non-majors.  Objectives of the course are to: (1) understand the general principles of infectious disease epidemiology, (2) understand surveillance, prevention and control of infectious diseases, and (3) apply principles to specific infectious diseases.  Course is part lecture and part group projects/discussion period per week.

756[226] CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (3). Prerequisite, EPID 600[160]. Epidemiology and control of selected infectious diseases prevalent in developing countries. Course involves lectures, critical discussions of published articles and a final exam. Three lecture hours per week.

757[227] EPIDEMIOLOGY OF HIV/AIDS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (3). Prerequisite, EPID 600[160]. This course examines the epidemiology of AIDS from an international perspective. It considers the AIDS pandemic in a broad epidemiology perspective, including key aspects of basic, clinical and social science. Three lecture hours per week.

758 METHODS AND PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3). Prerequisite, EPID 600[160] and enrollment in Field Epidemiology Certificate Program. This course will cover the interaction between an infectious agent, host, and environment; modes and dynamics of transmission; the role of immunity in infectious disease epidemiology; and disease elimination strategies. Web-based course.

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759[223] METHODS IN FIELD EPIDEMIOLOGY (3). Course will focus on epidemiological methods required to investigate urgent public health problems. Course covers the skills and tools needed to conduct outbreak investigations and communicate findings to the public. Three lecture hours per week.

764[280] HOSPITAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (1-2). Prerequisites, EPID 710[168] and EPID 752 218]. Permission of the instructor required. Comprehensive seminar in hospital infection control. Topics include issues in employee health, surveillance, outbreak investigation, environmental sampling, and policy formation. May be repeated for credit. Two to four seminar hours.

765[232] METHODS AND ISSUES IN PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY (3). Prerequisites, introductory-level epidemiology and biostatistics. Application of the epidemiologic knowledge, methodology, and reasoning to the study of the effects (beneficial and adverse) and uses of drugs in human populations.

770[233] CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PATHOGENESIS (3). Prerequisite, EPID 710[168] or equivalent, BIOS 600[110], undergraduate major or strong preparation in the biological sciences. Permission of the instructor required for non-majors. Emphasis on integration of epidemiologic data with laboratory and clinical research findings. Issues in epidemiologic research design, analysis, and interpretation are presented within the context of substantive epidemiology. Three lecture hours a week.

771[234] CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY METHODS (3). Prerequisite, EPID 715[268]. Cancer statistics, lead time/length time bias, screening, causation, multistage models, study designs. Applications include: cancer and infectious disease, risk assessment, genetic and molecular epidemiology of cancer, and public policy issues. Three lecture hours per week.

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772[290] CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL SEMINAR (HPAA 765[290]) (HBHE 765[290]) (3). Permission required for non-graduate students. An interdisciplinary overview of cancer prevention and control. Emphasis on projects and activities from perspectives of epidemiology, health behavior and education, and Health Policy and Management. Appropriate research design and methodologies will be covered.

775[335] ADVANCED CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY: CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY CONTROVERSIES IN CANCER CAUSATION (2). Prerequisites, EPID 715[268] and 718[269] and EPID 770[233] or 771[234]. Permission of instructor required. Readings and discussions on classic and contemporary controversies in cancer causation. Two seminar hours per week.

780[276] OCCUPATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (3). Prerequisites, introductory epidemiology and biostatistics. This course provides a background in the epidemiology of work-related illness and injury and the application of epidemiologic concepts and methods in protecting workers’ health and safety.

783[125]INJURY AND VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM (MHCH 725[125]) (HBHE 725[125]) (3). Prerequisite, EPID 600[160] or equivalent. Course considers causes and consequences of traumatic injury within developmental, socio-economic contexts and dilemmas in injury prevention. Injuries associated with transportation, violence, and the home/occupational environments are included. Three lecture hours per week.

785[277] ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (3). Prerequisites, EPID 710[168] and BIOS 600[110]. Epidemiologic ideas and methods applied to evaluation and control of human health consequences of environmental hazards. Pollution of environmental media and global change are considered from a human-ecological perspective, with local and international examples. Three lecture hours per week.

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786[278] COMMUNITY-DRIVEN EPIDEMIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE (2). Principles for conducting research within communities unduly burdened by environmental health threats are presented. Topics include research ethics, community presentations, study design and implementation, and student research projects.

790  INTERVENTION EPIDEMIOLOGY (2).  Co-requisites: EPID 705 and 710.  Epidemiologic methods for evaluating interventions, primarily in infectious diseases epidemiology and injury epidemiology.  Covers randomized designs, such as community trials, and evaluation of non-randomized interventions, such as policies and laws.   Two lectures per week.

795  INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS (1). This course provides students with an overview of public health informatics and includes in-depth discussions in informatics approaches used in developing the public health information systems in use today.  One lecture per week.

800[212] EPIDEMIOLOGY OF MEDICAL CARE (2). Prerequisite, EPID 600[160] or equivalent. Epidemiology applied to issues in health care, variations in disease and medical care, quality of care measures, role of health care in determination of trends, epidemiological approaches in planning/policy. Three lecture hours a week.

801[203] DATA ANALYSIS IN ORAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (2-3). Prerequisite, basic knowledge of SAS. Permission required. Data analysis project in oral epidemiology: data cleanup, file construction, analysis. For three credit hours, student also completes multivariate analysis with linear, logistic regression. Project to result in publishable paper. Two to three seminar hours a week.

802 CLINICAL RESEARCH SKILLS I:  BASICS (2).  Corequisite, EPID 711/PUBH760. Includes basic development of research ideas, manuscript writing, manuscript review. Two lecture hours per week. Fall.

803 CLINICAL RESEARCH SKILLS II:  MEASUREMENT IN CLINICAL RESEARCH (2).  Prerequisites, EPID 711 or equivalent, PUBH 741 or equivalent.  This course addresses measurement in clinical research including reliability and validity, scale development, use of scales and bias associated with measurement error. Two lecture hours per week.  Spring.

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804 DESIGN OF CLINICAL RESEARCH (3).  Pre-requisite, EPID 711 or equivalent and MSCR major.  The goal of this course is to develop a strong fundamental understanding of the design of clinical research studies, excluding traditional (Phase III) randomized clinical trials.  Three lecture hours per week.

805 CLINICAL RESEARCH SKILLS III: Proposal Development – Part 1 (2). Corequisites, EPID 711 and PUBH 741 or permission of instructor. This course will address the process for proposal development for clinicians with an emphasis on the initial stages including development of the research questions, specific aims, and significance.Two lecture hours a week.

806 CLINICAL RESEARCH SKILLS IV: PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT-PART 2 (2). Prerequisites, EPID 805. EPID 711 or equivalent, PUBH 741 or equivalent.   Proposal writing and study implementation skills.  Emphasis is given to NIH style proposals for clinical and translational research. Two lecture hours a week. Spring.

810[254] PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTH (NUTR 810[254]) (3). Prerequisite, EPID 600[160] or equivalent. This course provides an overview of major issues in physical activity measurements, population distribution, correlates, impacts (physically and economically), and public health recommendations. Interventions, including relevant theories, will be reviewed. Three lecture hours per week.

813[259] NUTRITIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (NUTR 813[259]) (3). Prerequisites, EPID 600[160] or 710[168] and BIOS 600[110] or equivalent. This course introduces basic methods of dietary assessment, reviews various topics in nutrition epidemiology and teaches the skills needed for critical evaluation of the nutritional epidemiologic literature. Three lecture hours a week.

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814[261] OBESITY EPIDEMIOLOGY (NUTR 814[361]) (3). Prerequisites, EPID 600[160] or 710[168] and BIOS 600[110]. Examines epidemiologic research on the causes, consequences, and prevention of obesity. Emphasis on methodologic issues pertinent to obesity research.

815[262] DIET AND CANCER (NUTR 815[362]) (3). Prerequisites, EPID 600[160] or 710[168], BIOS 600[110], EPID 770[233], and NUTR 813[259] or permission of the course instructor. Examines and critically evaluates epidemiologic research on relationships of diet-related exposures with cancer etiology, prevention, and survivorship. Emphasis on skills for conducting, analyzing, and interpreting diet and cancer epidemiologic studies.

818[358] ANALYTICAL METHODS IN NUTRITIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (NUTR 818[360]) (3). Prerequisites, BIOS 545[145], EPID 600[160]or 710[168], and NUTR/EPID 813[259] or permission of instructor. Teaches skills and techniques required to study dietary exposures, anthropometric status and disease outcomes. Students will gain skills in analysis and interpretation of anthropometric data. Concepts and applications include quantification and measurement of dietary intake, use and management of nutrition monitoring data sets, application and interpretation of epidemiologic and statistical methods for the analysis of these data (such as linear and logistic regression), and appropriate use and interpretation of anthropometric indices. Three lecture hours per week.

825[280] SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH: THEORY, METHOD, AND INTERVENTION (HBHE 802[302]) (3). Prerequisites, EPID 600[160] and public health major. Discussion and readings will focus on population vs. international perspectives on health, risk condition vs. risk factors, concepts of causation, and knowledge development as a historic and social process and examine macro-level determinants.

826[228]SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND MEASURES (3). Prerequisite, EPID 600[160]. Social forces affecting community health and how to measure them for epidemiologic analysis. Topics range from social networks to racism and ethics. Three lecture hours per week.

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827 SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY:  ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION (2) Prerequisites, EPID 715 and BIOS 545.  Approaches to social epidemiologic data and application/interpretation of various analytic methods.  Topics include multilevel models, econometric and psychometric techniques, and issues in causal inference. 

851[219] REPRODUCTIVE AND PERINATAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (MHCH 851[219]) (3). Corequisites, EPID 600[160] and BIOS 600[110], or equivalents. Epidemiology of reproductive and perinatal health outcomes, including infertility, fetal loss, preterm birth, birthweight, congenital malformations, infant mortality. Includes current knowledge regarding epidemiology of these outcomes, discussion of methodologic issues. Three lecture hours per week.

853[350] ADVANCED TOPICS IN PERINATAL AND PEDIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY (MHCH 853[350]) (2). Prerequisites, EPID 710[168] and EPID/MHCH 851[219]. Permission of instructor required for master’s level students. Critical review of current topics in, and methods for, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology.

883[257] TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (1-4). Prerequisite, EPID major, second year or above. Provides epidemiology majors with supervised experience in teaching and course preparation. Students act as assistants in departmental courses. Two to eight seminar hours a week.

889[300] TOPICS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY SEMINAR (1). Prerequisites, EPID 710[168] and EPID major. Topics are chosen to reflect emerging issues in the field, as well as those that meet the interests of the students and faculty in the department.

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890[105] SEMINAR FOR MSPH STUDENTS (1). A workshop for addressing special topics related to MSPH program including, but not limited to, research topic development, career planning and public health ethics.

891[390] EPIDEMIOLOGY DOCTORAL SEMINAR (2). Exposes students to issues and debates in the philosophy of science, the object of knowledge in epidemiology, and the place of epidemiology in public health.

892[306] INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR IN HEALTH DISPARITIES (MHCH 892[306]) (1). Prerequisite, MHCH 756[256]. This seminar will provide an opportunity for students to synthesize knowledge across disciplines and to develop an interdisciplinary approach to addressing their identified health disparities research topic. One seminar hour per week.

893[301] PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY SEMINAR (1). Prerequisites, basic knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics. This is a weekly seminar to explore current problems in pharmacoepidemiology. It supplements the introductory course Epidemiology 765[232]. May be repeated. Two seminar hours a week.

894[302] INFECTIOUS DISEASE SEMINAR (1). Prerequisites, introductory epidemiology and biostatistics. Detailed review of selected topics in infectious disease epidemiology. May be repeated for credit.

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895[303] SEMINAR IN ORAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (1). Prerequisite, EPID 710[168]. Explores conceptual and methods issues in conducting epidemiologic investigations of oral conditions, specifically caries, periodontal disease and oral cancer (topics rotate semesters).

896[305] CLINICAL RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (1). Prerequisite, Clinical and Translational Science Curriculum Fellow or permission of instructor. Practical clinical research and professional development topics presented by faculty, local experts and CTSC Fellows.

897[351] ADVANCED SEMINAR IN CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH (1-3). Permission required. Review of substantive and methodologic research in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. May be repeated for credit. Two to six seminar hours a week.

898 GLOBAL HEALTH ETHICS SEMINAR (2) Prerequisite, basic knowledge of epidemiology or permission of instructor. Seminar aims to introduce students to the myriad of complex ethical issues that arise from health research, health policy, and health care practice in both domestic and international contexts. Two seminar hours per week.

900[315] EPIDEMIOLOGY PRACTICE (4). Prerequisite, advanced standing. Designed to give epidemiology majors a supervised field experience in public health research and practice.

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905L[359l] EPIDEMIOLOGY LABORATORY PRACTICE (1-9). Permission required. Students work individually with a faculty member on supervised laboratory research and skills development. May be repeated for credit. Two to eighteen laboratory hours a week.

910[360, 361] RESEARCH IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (Var.). Prerequisite, permission of the instructor. Independent investigation in consultation with an instructor who must assign or approve the subject of research. Credits vary according to the effort and rigor of the research.

992[392] MASTER’S PAPER (Var.).


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