(Courses listed under Public Health)
Introduction to applied biostatistics as used in research in public health. Statistical methods used for descriptive and analytic research, inferential statistics, surveillance systems and statistical software used in public health.
0520. Historical and Bioethical Issues in Public Health (3 s.h.)
This course encompasses historical and sociocultural approaches to understanding public health and bioethics. Emphasis is on understanding public health systems from the dawn of history to the 21st century and the evolution of bioethical issues including the application of bioethical principles, regulations and strategies in research and health practice. This seminar emphasizes the integration of conceptual and experiential learning. This is reflected in the course design and in teaching and learning processes.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of conducting epidemiologic research and protocol development. It covers definitions of epidemiology; measures of disease frequency and risk assessment; measures of effect and association; epidemiologic study designs, including randomized clinical trials, cohort, case-control studies, and cross-sectional surveys; assessment of screening programs; and an overview of the role of bias and confounding in epidemiologic study results.
The main objective of the course is to expose students to a variety of key epidemiologic concepts and the use of these concepts when designing and analyzing epidemiologic studies. By exposing students to more advanced concepts in epidemiology, the course builds on material presented in PH670: Epidemiologic Research Methods 1, and introduces a more thorough assessment of confounding, interaction, bias, and issues related to quality control and measurement of risk. In addition, this course introduces concepts such as multivariate modeling using logistic and log linear regression and survival analysis. Although the course is organized around the presentation and discussion of advanced concepts in epidemiology, it also presents analytic techniques and epidemiologic methods that have been selected because they are widely used, can be applied by students, and serve as fairly simple models, thereby providing a sound introduction to understanding more advanced statistical techniques using SPSS.
0951. Research Design in Public Health (3 s.h.)
Prerequisite: PH 510 and 6 s.h. of graduate statistics
Design seminar integrates research and statistical methods by comparing the appropriateness and feasibility of alternate design strategies commonly used in public health research. Covers the components of the PHS 398 research proposal including requirements for NIH certification for protection of human subjects. Students will complete research concept papers in preparation for the HRP 952 Research Seminar.