Courses

*Syllabi can be found by clicking on instructors' names under "Courses"

EPIB 300: Biostatistics for Public Health Practice (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM131 and CHEM132. Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program. Also offered as: HLTH300. Credit only granted for: EPIB300 or HLTH300. 
An examination of biostatistical concepts and procedures as they relate to contemporary issues in public health. Focus on applications, hands-on-experience, and interpretations of statistical findings in public health research. Instructor: Dr. Jaschek. Offered in Summer and Spring.
InstructorsDr. Jing Zhang; Dr. Raul Cruz-CanoOffered in the Fall and Spring. 

EPIB 301: Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (3 credits))
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in EPIB300. Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Community Health; Public Health Science). Also offered as: HLTH301. Credit only granted for: EPIB301 and HLTH301. 
An examination of the discipline of epidemiology and its application to public health issues and practices, covering current epidemiological concepts and methods.
InstructorsDr. Natalie Slopen; Dr. Typhanye DyerOffered in the Fall and Spring.  

EPIB 330: The Coming Plague: Public Health Perspectives (3 credits)
Prerequisite: BSCI202. Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
In this course students will learn to identify: 1) Public health threats; 2) Basic epidemiologic measures; 3) Social determinants of disease; 4) Solutions to public health threats. Students will review what constitutes a public health threat and will focus on the available processes and methods to search for solutions.  
Instructor: Departmental Staff. Offered in the Summer and Spring. 

EPIB 399: Epidemiology and Biostatistics Independent Study (1-3 credits)
The EPIB undergraduate independent study course is an opportunity for undergraduates from the SPH and elsewhere on campus to gain exposure to epidemiologic or biostatical research through work with an Epidemiology or Biostatistics faculty member.   
Instructor: Departmental FacultyOffered in the Fall and Spring. 

EPIB 610: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB300; or equivalent undergraduate statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of C- or higher; or a score of 70% or higher on the EPIB300 placement exam. 
Introduction to the discipline of epidemiology and its applications to health issues and practices. Basic epidemiologic concepts and methods will be covered.
Instructor: Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras; Dr. Typhanye Dyer. Offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. 

EPIB 611: Intermediate Epidemiology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: B- or better grade in EPIB610; or pass placement examination.
Analysis of epidemiologic methods as applied to epidemiologic research, analysis of bias, confounding, effect modification issues, overview of design, implementation, and analysis of epidemiologic studies.
Instructor: Dr. Cher Dallal. Offered in the Spring.

EPIB 612: Epidemiologic Study Design (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610, EPIB611, and EPIB650.
Application of epidemiologic study designs, analytic methods used for analysis of cohort, case-control, cross-sectional, and clinical trials research.
Instructor: Dr. Hongjie Liu. Offered in the Fall. 

EPIB 620: Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610.
Overview of prevalence and risk factors for major chronic diseases. Discussion of methodological issues unique to specific chronic disease.
Instructor: Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras. Offered in the Spring and Summer. 

EPIB 621: Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610.
Overview of the unique aspects of infectious diseases and the epidemiological methods used in their study, prevention, and control.
Instructor: TBD. 

EPIB 622: Social Determinants of Health (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610.
Overview of the major social variables that affect public health, including socioeconomic status, poverty, income distribution, race, social networks/support, community cohesion, psychological stress, gender, and work and neighborhood environment.
Instructors: Dr. Natalie Slopen; Dr. Sunmin LeeOffered in the Fall. 

EPIB 623: Epidemiology of Health Disparities (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610.
Determinants that influence health outcomes of the most disadvantaged populations in the United States. Focus on social factors contributing to health disparities and inequities in the US.
Instructor: TBD

EPIB 625: Epidemiology of Physical Activity (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610.
Overview of evidence of the epidemiological association of physical activity to a variety of health outcomes, application of epidemiological methods to the science of physical activity and health.
Instructor: TBD

EPIB 626: Epidemiology of Obesity (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610.
Overview of the epidemiological, prevention, and treatment of obesity, its causes and consequences, and energy balance issues; application of epidemiologic methods to the study of obesity epidemiology.
Instructor: Dr. Cher Dallal. Offered in the Fall

EPIB 630 Epidemiologic Methods in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610or permission from instructor.
Examination of epidemiologic methods (quantitative and qualitative) for collecting and analyzing data on sexual and reproductive health. The emphasis will be to introduce students to the appropriate methods used for challenging and sensitive research topics such as sexual behavior, HIV/STI, drug use, sexual abuse.
InstructorDr. Typhanye DyerOffered in the Fall

EPIB 631: Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610. 
This course will combine public health disciplines including epidemiological methods, molecular biology, pathology, clinical and social/behavioral sciences to explore modern cancer epidemiology, prevention and control in the United States and internationally. Emphasis will be placed on those cancers of high prevalence or unique biological characteristics that illustrate interesting epidemiological or etiological characteristics.
Instructor: Dr. Cher Dallal. Offered in the Fall. 

EPIB 641: Public Health and Research Ethics (1 credits)
Overview and discussion of ethical issues that face public health practitioners and researchers.
Instructor: Drs. Bradley Hatfield and Barbara Alving. Offered in the Spring. 

EPIB 650: Biostatistics I (3 credits)
Prerequisite: C or better grade in MATH110, MATH111 or STAT100; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Basic statistical concepts and procedures for Public Health. Focuses on applications, hands-on-experience, and interpretations of statistical findings.
Instructors: Dr. Jing Zhang; Dr. Raul Cruz-Cano; Dr. Xin He. Offered in the Fall and Spring. 

EPIB 651: Biostatistics II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: B- or better grade in EPIB650; or pass placement examination. Recommended: EPIB698C (SAS Basics).
Introduction to a variety of statistical tools with applictions in public health, including one- and two-sample inference, nonparametric methods, categorical data, ANOVA, simple and mutiple regression.
Instructor: Dr. Raul Cruz-Cano. Offered in the Spring. 

EPIB 652: Categorical Data Analysis (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB650 and EPIB651. Recommended: EPIB698C (SAS Basics).
Methods for analysis of categorical data as applied to public health research, including contingency tables, logistic regression, multicategory logic models, loglinear models, and models for matched-pairs.
Instructor: Dr. Jing Zhang. Offered in the Fall. 

EPIB 653: Applied Survival Data Analysis (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB650 and EPIB651.
Overview of statistical methods for analyzing censored survival data, including the Kaplan-Meier estimator and the log-rank test.
Instructor: Dr. Mei-Ling Lee; Dr. Xin He. Offered in the Spring. 

EPIB 654 Clinical Trial Analysis (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB650 and EPIB651.
Principles of clinical trial design, including randomization strategies, design and analytic issues to minimize threats to validity, sample size and power calculations, intention to treat analyses.
Instructor: TBD.

EPIB 655: Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB650, EPIB651, and EPIB653 or its equivalent.
Statistical models for drawing scientific inferences from longitudinal data, longitudinal study design, repeated measures and random effects to account for experimental designs that involve correlated responses, handling of missing data.
Instructor: Dr. Xin He. Offered in the Fall. 

EPIB 657: Spatial Statistics for Public Health Data (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB651, EPIB652, or permission of instructor
Overview of the three main areas of spatial statistics: point patterns, geostatistical data, and lattice (areal) data. Application of spatial statistical models including CSR, k-function, krigging, semivariogram, CAR, SAR, GWR, spatial GLM, and multilevel model to public health and environmental data analysis.
Instructor: Departamental Faculty. Offered in the Spring. 

EPIB 663: SAS Programming (3 credits)
Open to master or doctoral students who desire to pursue special topics in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
The course is designed for students who want to learn how to analyze and  summarize data using SAS.
Instructor: Dr. Raul Cruz-Cano. Offered in the Summer. 

EPIB 697: Public Health Data Management (3 credits)
Prerequisite: None.
This course is designed to provide students with the expertise needed to effectively manage research data using SAS as the statistical programming language.
Instructors: Dr. Raul Cruz-Cano and Dr. Graciela Jascheck. Offered in the Fall

EPIB 698G: Applied Bayesian Data Analysis (3 credits)
This course is intended as an introduction to spatial statistics and aims to provide students with the background necessary to investigate geographically represented data. Lectures will cover the three main areas of spatial statistics: geostatistical data, lattice (areal) data, and point patterns. 
InstructorDr. Shuo ChenOffered Every Other Year in the Fall. 

EPIB 710: Epidemiologic Research Methods (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610, EPIB611, EPIB612, EPIB650 and EPIB651.
In-depth study of the knowledge and skills needed to design, conduct, and evaluate an epidemiologic research study. Development of a complete research project.
Instructor: TBD.

EPIB 740: Advanced Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610, EPIB611, EPIB612, EPIB650, and EPIB651.
In-depth investigation of epidemiologic methods for making causal inferences and solving complex methodological problems. Multivariate models emphasized.
Instructor: Dr. Hongjie Liu. Offered every other year in the Spring. 

EPIB 785: Internship in Public Health (3 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Internship and seminar providing an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization. Setting of the internship will depend upon the student's background and career goals.
Instructor: Dr. Brit Saksvig; Dr. Graciela Jaschek. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

EPIB 786: Capstone Project in Public Health (3 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Capstone experience providing opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to a specific public health problem or issue. Completion of project relevant to public health under the direction of an advisor.
Instructor: Advisors. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

EPIB 788: Critical Readings in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (1-3 credits)
Prerequisite: EPIB610. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.
Open to master and doctoral students to discuss critical readings in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Instructor: Departmental Faculty. Offered in the Fall.

EPIB 798: Independent Study (1-6 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.
Master or doctoral students who desire to pursue special research problems under the direction of a faculty member of the department may register for 1-6 hours of credit under this number.
Instructor: Departmental Faculty. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

EPIB 799: Master's Thesis Research (1-6 credits)

EPIB 898: Pre-Candidacy Research (1-8 credits)

EPIB 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-8 credits)