Courses by Department
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Biostatistics - SPH-Q
- SPH-Q 501 Introduction to Statistics in Public Health (3 cr.) (Formerly HPER-T 591) An applied approach to the collection, organization, analyses and interpretation of data pertinent to public health and vital statistics is outlined. The application of statistical and biostatistical methods to public health is explained.
- SPH-Q 502 Intermediate Statistics in Public HealthTitle (3 cr.) (Formerly HPER-T 592) This course covers fundamental statistical techniques and data analytical approaches that are commonly used in public health research. It has been designed to prepare graduate students to take advanced statistics courses and to help graduate students become independent researchers.
- SPH-Q 503 Data Mining Applications in Public Health (3 cr.) (Formerly HPER-C 593) Data Mining tools extract unknown and potentially valuable information from large databases. Includes: sampling techniques; unsupervised/supervised learning methods; model validation techniques for regression and classification. Designed to provide modern data tools/methods for analyzing large datasets.
- SPH-Q 504 Construction and Analysis of Achievement Tests in Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation. (3 cr.) (Formerly HPER-T 595) Construction and Analysis of Achievement Tests in Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation.Principles of construction, selection, interpretation of written achievement tests in health and safety, physical education and recreation, and other evaluative procedures; analysis of standardized tests. Project required to apply principles involved.
- SPH-Q 601 Experimental Analysis and Design (3 cr.) P: SPH-Q 502 with a grade of B or better. (Formerly HPER-T 693 ) Principles and resources for designing and analyzing experiments using ANOVA models. Includes between and within subjects designs, factorial arrangements and nested designs, analysis of covariance, trends, statistical power and effect size. Incorporates computer programs.
- SPH-Q 602 Multivariate Statistical Analysis (3 cr.) P: SPH-Q 502. (Formerly HPER-T 694) Multivariate statistical techniques and analytical procedures commonly used in applied research. The topics include matrix algebra, data screening. Multiple regression, multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, discriminant function analysis, logistic regression, and principle components and factor analysis.
- SPH-Q 603 Categorical Data Analysis (3 cr.) P: SPH-Q 501 and SPH-Q 502. (Formerly HPER-C 695) Health and health behavior science often include discrete data. Description and inference for binomial/multinomial variables using odds ratios; analysis of contingency tables; basic methods of generalized linear models (GLM); logit/logliner methods with GLM; basic analysis of categorized data using SAS.
- SPH-Q 611 Statistical Packages in Research (3 cr.) This course serves as an introduction to SAS for data management, data analysis, and statistical reporting. Emphasis is placed on data management. The course will include lectures, computer lab practices, and a final project.
- SPH-Q 612 Survival Analysis (3 cr.) P: One basic statistics/biostatistics course. Covers basic concepts of survival analysis, such as Kaplan-Meier estimates, hazard functions, survival functions, log-rank tests. Parametric inference includes likelihood estimation and the exponential, Weibull, log-logistic and other relevant distributions. Methods and theory for the Cox model.
- SPH-Q 696 M.P.H. Field Experience in Biostatistics (17 cr.) P: Instructor permission and a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 required. Public health skills are developed through professional experiences in health settings facilitated by preceptors and supervised by faculty. Regular critiques will be held with supervisors, written progress reports and development of a major independent project are required. Graded on S/F basis only.
- SPH-Q 698 M.P.H. Culminating Experience in Biostatistics (12 cr.) P: Instructor permission required; Students must be in their final year of the MPH program to enroll in the fall semester SPH-Q 698 course. Enrollment in the spring semester SPH-Q 698 requires successful completion (passing grade) of the fall Culminating Experience course. Students must enroll in SPH-Q 698 for 1 credit fall semester and 1 credit spring semester in their final year of the MPH program. C: SPH-Q 696 This course provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate the extent to which they have met the MPH Program Competencies in Biostatistics. Graded on S/F basis only Repeatable for credit.
- Epidemiology - SPH-E
- SPH-E 650 Special Topics in Epidemiology (3 cr.) P: SPH-E 651 This course provides students with a core set of epidemiologic concepts and skills required to critically evaluate research reports and review literature in epidemiology and public health. Students will have opportunities to lead an article discussion, present scientific information and to write a paper critique.
- SPH-E 651 Epidemiology (3 cr.) (Formerly HPER-Y 611) Epidemiology, public health's basic science, supports health monitoring, etiologic studies, intervention design and evaluation, and health policy. Health measures exercises use public data, and simulation. In a final proposal students apply epidemiologic principals to evaluate current literature, develop appropriate study design and methods, and strategies to limit threats to validity.
- SPH-E 653 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 cr.) (Formerly HPER-Y 614) An overview of concepts in chronic disease epidemiology and etiology; study design in epidemiologic research and causal inference; major chronic diseases and trends in both the U.S. and world-wide; prevention, and screening.
- SPH-E 655 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 cr.) (Formerly HPER-Y 619) Introduction to methods of infectious disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, cohort and case-control studies, dynamics of transmission and prevention, and vaccination programs. Determinants of diseases, distribution within the population, and their control, along with implications for policy and prevention, are discussed. Students analyze infectious disease outbreak using case studies.
- SPH-E 657 Social Epidemiology (3 cr.) (Formerly HPER-Y 624) Introduction to social epidemiology, including methods and key study findings of how social factors affect health outcomes. Topics include the role of socioeconomic status, race, gender, neighborhoods, work place, and social networks, and upstream determinants such as social capital, income inequality and social policies on health.
- SPH-E 658 Advanced Epidemiology (3 cr.) (Formerly HPER-Y 652) Advanced epidemiology and methodological concepts underlying the science of epidemiology. Elements of study design and implementation, data analysis and interpretation of observational studies, determinants of disease, transmission, and prevention in epidemiologic research, including issues related to causation, bias, and confounding are covered.
- SPH-E 659 Advanced Epidemiological Methods (3 cr.) (Formerly HPER-Y 654) An advanced course in analytic epidemiology methods including analyzing complex descriptive epidemiology, problems of confounding and effect modification, exposure-time relationships, multivariable risk models, meta analysis, distribution and geographic data applications. Focus on interpretation of findings, study design, analytic approach, and results.
- SPH-E 696 M.P.H. Field Experience in Epidemiology (17 cr.) P: Instructor permission and a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 required. Public health skills are developed through professional experiences in public health settings facilitated by preceptors and supervised by faculty. Regular critiques will be held with supervisors, written progress reports and development of a major independent project are required. Graded on S/F basis only.
- SPH-E 698 M.P.H. Culminating Experience in Epidemiology (12 cr.) P: Permission of academic advisor. C: SPH-E 696. Students must be in their final year of the MPH program to enroll in the fall semester SPH-E 698 course. Enrollment in the spring semester SPH-E 698 course requires successful completion (passing grade) of the fall semester SPH-E 698 course. Students must enroll in SPH-E 698 for 1 credit fall semester and 1 credit spring semester in their final year of the MPH program. (Formerly HPER-Y 650) This course provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate the extent to which they have met the MPH Program Competencies in Epidemiology. Graded on S/F basis only. Repeatable for credit.
- SPH-E 792 Independent Research in Epidemiology (13 cr.) P: SPH-E 651; Instructor permission; Research proposal must be approved in advance. Research project is conducted under the direction of faculty member of the graduate faculty. This can be in form of grant writing, or manuscript preparation, or data analysis. Enrollment is limited to advanced graduate students, and project proposals must be approved in advance. Repeatable for credit.
- SPH-E 793 Independent Readings in Epidemiology (13 cr.) P: SPH-E 651; Instructor permission; Readings proposal must be approved in advance. Planned readings in specialized epidemiology areas of professional interest are conducted under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. Enrollment is limited to advanced graduate students.
Repeatable for credit.
- SPH-E 794 Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology (3 cr.) P: SPH-E 651 This course will equip students with skills to apply epidemiological concepts to critically evaluate research reports in the public health and medical literature. Students will have opportunities to lead discussions, and present their proposed dissertation studies. The class will invite guest speakers to present their research relevant to epidemiology and public health.
- SPH-E 799 Dissertaion Research in Epidemiology (112 cr.) P: Qualifying exams must be passed prior to enrollment in dissertation credits. Repeatable for credit.