2019-2020 Courses Offered
About the Courses and Syllabi
Additional courses may be added on a semester basis at discretion of the department. See UNC Registrar’s site for courses by semester.
Some titles link to the syllabus for that course. Please note that some syllabi are for past semesters, so dates will not apply to future semesters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A course for students who wish to make an intensive study of some special problems in epidemiology. Two or more hours a week.
An introduction to statistical analysis, programming, and data management, using the SAS programming language. Two lecture hours and two lab hours per week.
Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. 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.
Corequisite, BIOS 600. Permission required for nonmajors. 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 for satisfying the SPH core requirements. Three lecture and two seminar hours a week.
Focuses on work, workplace exposures and hazards, and their effect on health. Interdisciplinary approaches to risk identification, reduction, and communication will be emphasized within regulatory and ethical contexts.
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.
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.
Prerequisite, EPID 715. Permission of the instructor 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.
Corequisite, EPID 718 (fall); EPID 722 (spring). A discussion in journal-club format of readings in general epidemiologic methods, from problem conceptualization to application of results.
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.
Open to second-year Ph.D. students (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.
Prerequisites, EPID 715 and 725. Minimum second- year standing in doctoral program or permission of the instructor. Majors only. 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.
Prerequisites, BIOS 545, EPID 715 and 718. 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.
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.
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.
Review of cardiovascular health and disease in populations and their population determinants. Topics include epidemiologic methods, risk factors, strategies for prevention, and a student research project. Three lecture hours per week.
This course surveys the major issues relevant to the application of biomarkers in epidemiological research, including the logistical hurdles in biospecimen collection and storage, assessments of biomarker quality, analytic issues, and the interpretation of quantitative estimates.
Prerequisites, BIOS 545 and EPID 715; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Concepts and methods of genetic epidemiology relevant to the study of complex human diseases, including segregation analysis, linkage analysis, and gene-environment interaction. Includes whole genome approaches, as well as nonhuman systems. Three lecture hours a week.interaction. Includes whole genome approaches, as well as non-human systems. Three lecture hours a week.
This course provides the conceptual foundations and practical skills for designing and implementing surveillance systems, for using surveillance data for the conduct and evaluation of public health programs and research.
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.
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.
This course covers theories, concepts, study designs, and analytical methods of particular importance in studying infectious outcomes. Teaching methods include lectures, hands-on computer practicals, article discussions, and written assignments.
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.
Prerequisite, EPID 600. 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.
Prerequisite, EPID 600. This course examines the epidemiology of AIDS from an international perspective. It considers the AIDS pandemic in a broad epidemiologic perspective, including key aspects of basic, clinical, and social science. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite, EPID 600 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.
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.
An overview of vaccinology principles, mechanisms of action, and herd protection, and statistical considerations. Students will obtain understanding of how vaccines are produced by industry, undergo preclinical evaluation, and evaluated for efficacy in clinical trials.
Prerequisites, EPID 710 and 752; 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.
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.
Prerequisite, EPID 600. Required preparation, competency in data management with SAS (BIOS 511, EPID 700, or equivalent). Learn how healthcare utilization data are generated and use databases to identify study populations and conduct epidemiologic analysis of the utilization and comparative effectiveness/safety of prescription drugs and healthcare services.
Prerequisites, BIOS 600 and EPID 710. Equivalent experience for students lacking EPID 710. Undergraduate major or strong preparation in the biological sciences required. Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. 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.
Prerequisite, EPID 710 or 711. Students will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of data sources common to cancer survivorship and outcomes studies, focusing on epidemiologic study designs. The course addresses cancer detection, treatment strategies, medical surveillance, and personal behaviors as determinants for prognosis, late effects, and the long-term health of cancer survivors.
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 are covered.
Prerequisites, EPID 715, 718, and 770 or 771; Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Readings and discussions on classic and contemporary controversies in cancer causation. Two seminar hours per week.
Prerequisites, EPID 710 and BIOS 600. 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. Threelecturehours per week.
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.
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.
This course provides students with an overview of public health informatics and includes in-depth discussions on informatics approaches used in developing the public health information systems in use today.
Experimental course to be offered by faculty to determine the need and demand for the subject. Topics will be chosen by faculty based on current public health issues. One credit option.
Experimental course to be offered by faculty to determine the need and demand for the subject. Topics will be chosen by faculty based on current public health issues. Two credits option.
Experimental course to be offered by faculty to determine the need and demand for the subject. Topics will be chosen by faculty based on current public health issues. Three credits option.
Required preparation, basic knowledge of SAS. Permission of the instructor. 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.
Corequisite, EPID 711/PUBH760. Includes basic development of research ideas, manuscript writing, manuscript review. Two lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite, 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.
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.
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.
Prerequisite, EPID 600. 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.
Prerequisites, BIOS 600, and EPID 600 or 710. 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.
Prerequisites, EPID 600 or 710 and BIOS 600. Examines epidemiologic research on the causes, consequences, and prevention of obesity. Emphasis on methodologic issues pertinent to obesity research.
Prerequisites, EPID 600 or 710, BIOS 600, EPID 770, and NUTR 813 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.
Prerequisites, BIOS 545, EPID 600 or 710, and NUTR 813. Skills and techniques to study how dietary exposures, physical activity, and anthropometric status relate to disease outcomes. Focus is hands-on data analysis using STATA, and interpretation of results from statistical analysis.
Prerequisites, EPID 600 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.
Pre- or co-requisite, EPID 600. This course provides an overview of key concepts, methods and findings in research on social determinants of population health. Classes will consist of a didactic presentation followed by in-class group work modules and large group summary discussion.
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.
Corequisites, BIOS 600 and EPID 600. Equivalent experience for students lacking the corequisites. Epidemiology of reproductive and perinatal health outcomes, including infertility, fetal loss, preterm birth, birthweight, congenital malformations, and infant mortality. Includes current knowledge regarding epidemiology of these outcomes and discussion of methodologic issues. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites, EPID 710 and EPID/MHCH 851. Permission of instructor required for master’s level students. Critical review of current topics in, and methods for, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology.
Open to EPID majors, 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.
Independent reading and tutorial guidance in special areas of epidemiology. Permission of instructor required.
Prerequisite, EPID 710. EPID majors only. 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.
A workshop for addressing special topics related to M.S.P.H. program including, but not limited to, research topic development, career planning, and public health ethics.
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.
Prerequisite, MHCH 756. 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.
Required preparation, basic knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics. This is a weekly seminar to explore current problems in pharmacoepidemiology. It supplements the introductory course, EPID 765. May be repeated. Two seminar hours a week.
Prerequisites, introductory epidemiology and biostatistics. Detailed review of selected topics in infectious disease epidemiology. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite, EPID 710. Explores conceptual and methods issues in conducting epidemiologic investigations of oral conditions, specifically caries, periodontal disease, and oral cancer (topics rotate semesters).
Permission of the instructor. Review of substantive and methodological research in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. May be repeated for credit. Two to six seminar hours a week.
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
Designed to give epidemiology majors a supervised field experience in population health research.
Permission of the instructor. Students work individually with a faculty member on supervised laboratory research and skills development. May be repeated for credit. Two to 18 laboratory hours a week.
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.
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